Once the most played game on Steam, excitement over PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has cooled lately. While it remains a top-three title on the gaming platform, PUBG’s player count has slowly and steadily waned since its peak at the beginning of 2018.
In the 21 months since then, 18 have had a net-loss in average monthly players. From its peak of 1,391,015 average players in January 2018, its fan-base has hemorrhaged 80%. The game now has a far more modest average player count of 279,607.
The number of concurrent players on PUBG peaked at 3.24 million and has fallen all the way to 637,870. Unfortunately for fans of the game, there’s no sign that the PUBG player count has bottomed out.
When it launched in 2017, PUBG kicked off the trend of battle royale games that quickly peaked with the rise of Fortnite.
Unfortunately, the success of competitors like Fortnite has caused PUBG’s player count to dwindle to a fraction of its former glory.
In 2018, PUBG averaged almost 853,000 players per hour, almost twice the figure of its closest competitor, DOTA 2. In June of that year alone, it sold approximately 40 million copies. The game even won the Best Multiplayer Game at The Game Awards in 2017, though lost that title to Fornite the next year.
Will the PUBG Player Count Improve?
Tencent Holdings, one of the largest shareholders in PUBG’s publisher, Bluehole, has tried to get players to return to the game. It recently released update 5.1, which brought loads of new content to the game, including updated maps and throw-able melee weapons.
Tencent is well-known for constantly updating its titles to keep the players forever engaged. Whether these strategies will increase PUBG’s player count remains to be seen.
In the meantime, Fortnite and more recent battle royale title Apex Legends remain popular competitors.
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