There’s no love lost between PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fornite Battle Royale right now, as the former accuses the latter of blatantly copying it and the latter simply shrugs and tries to catch as many players as possible. Both have reached significant milestones as the battle royale multiplayer genre really captures the imagination of a lot of gamers.
In the last few days, the Steam Spy user data scraping site tracked PUBG’s user base as it passed 15 million buyers, though they’re typically a small amount behind PUBG’s latest sales by way of how they collect data.
What’s irrefutable, as it’s a statistic available on Steam’s stats page, is that PUBG managed to sneak past the 2 million concurrent players mark, more than three times the players than DOTA 2’s peak in the last day.
PUBG is a behemoth on Steam and PC right now, but Fortnite Battle Royale is making hay on consoles and as a free to play title. More than 10 million people have downloaded and played the game in its first fortnight – heh – of public availability. Across PS4, Xbox One and PC that led to a peak of 525,000 concurrent players on Monday and 3.7 million active users that day.
For now, both Epic and Bluehole are big winners from this, as they run on parallel tracks, but it’s going to be really interesting to see how the stats and player counts have grown by this time next year, when PUBG will have arrived on Xbox One and possibly even PlayStation 4, depending on their exclusivity and publishing deal with Microsoft.