Another week, another story of the runaway success of 2017: PUBG, or PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
Fresh from – momentarily, at least – toppling Dota 2 from the top of the Steam concurrent charts, you wonder what plaudits are left for Brendan Greene’s multiplayer mayhem.
Well, here’s a new one, and we can stick a whopping great number on it: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has sold over 10 million copies. Ten. Million.
10 MILLION SOLD! Never did I think we would reach such a number! Thank you all for your continuing support of the @PUBATTLEGROUNDS team <3
— PLAYERUNKNOWN (@PLAYERUNKNOWN) September 5, 2017
To put that in a little context, here’s where that puts PUBG in the list of the best-selling PC video games of all time, according to Wikipedia:
1. Minecraft – 26 million
2. Terraria – 20 million
3. World of Warcraft – 14 million
4. Diablo III – 12 million
5. The Sims – 11.2 million
6. StarCraft – 11 million
7. Garry’s Mod – 10 million
=. RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 – 10 million
=. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – 10 million
10. Half-Life 2 – 9.4 million
11. Half-Life – 9.3 million
Well, that’s some pretty stellar company to be in, and based on the upward trajectory, PUBG will leapfrog RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 and Garry’s Mod in no time at all. It’s not likely to run into any real resistance to its inexorable rise until it makes its way up into third position.
Jeez. Just let that sink in for a moment. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – a silly battle royale game, that’s based on an ARMA 3 mod, and is still in Early Access – has sold more copies than both Half-Life games. Soon, it will likely have sold more than StarCraft and The Sims.
And before too long, it should topple World of Warcraft. There’s a long way to go between third and second place, so indie darling Terraria and the mighty Minecraft will be safe for a while, but for how long?
PUBG is lurking in the bushes, and it has a really good scope.
Enjoyed this article?
We hope you found it useful, or informative, or thought provoking, or maybe even a little entertaining. Perhaps it was a guide that helped you through a tight spot, or we even saved you some money? Lovely stuff! If you'd like to say "thanks" you could always buy the team a cup of coffee.
Recommended for you
Latest from Thumbsticks
Animal Crossing: New Horizons to get a huge free update and paid DLC
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is getting an enormous free content update and a new paid DLC expansion.
Back 4 Blood review
Back 4 Blood is a rip-roaring zombie killing time, but without the right zombie slayers by your side, it's an...
Batman returns to Rocket League today
Batman returns for this year's Rocket League Haunted Hallows event, which begins today.
New Nintendo Switch releases: October 11-15, 2021 (Updated)
Disco Elysium – The Final Cut and The Good Life are among this week's lineup of new Nintendo Switch eShop...
This week’s Xbox Deals with Gold and Sale Highlights
Aliens: Fireteam Elite and games from the Fallout series headline this week's crop of Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S discounts.
Classic Star Wars games to get physical release on Switch and PS4
Aspyr Media is releasing four classic Star Wars games across two physical bundles on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.
New PlayStation Store releases: October 11-15, 2021
This week's lineup of PlayStation Store releases includes Jackbox Party Pack 8. Oh, and Back 4 Blood, Crysis Remastered, NHL...
The wonder and fear of radio in video games
There's a childlike sense of wonder to radio. Making an ocean of the sky, radio waves broadcast out like the...