The original battle royale game, PUBG, has now reached the lofty number of 70 million copies sold around the world. This data comes from the game’s developer, PUBG Corporation, directly.
This huge milestone includes copies of PUBG sold across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game is also available on Stadia though, so these sales figures could be even higher with those taken into account.
Originally PUBG launched in early access. It welcomed people into the game, providing they purchased a copy, which funded ongoing development until it was complete. This early access period saw PUBG garner a huge number of followers, and it even became a sensation to watch and stream on Twitch.
The last update that PUBG Corporation gave on player numbers was in June 2018, when the number had just reached 50 million. While the game has grown slower since then, it hasn’t seen a drop off in players like Fortnite has over the last year or so. In fact, PUBG seems to be the strongest battle royale game in terms of consistent player base numbers.
PUBG has been a part of the Xbox Games Pass, allowing Xbox players to get it for free, and even has cross-play between Stadia, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game is one of the most accessible in this sense, and that’s what a lot of people find so appealing about it.
Currently a number of big companies are looking to take the battle royale genre from Fortnite. Ubisoft has just launched their effort, Hyper Scape, in open beta, while Activision has been gunning for it with Call of Duty Warzone for some time now.
PUBG has stood the test of time so far, and shows no signs of slowing down just yet. The game is consistently updated with new features that players value, and this is probably why it has managed to stick around for so long against immense competition.
While Epic Games is focusing on bringing other mediums into Fortnite, making it a place to be more than a game to play, PUBG Corporation is focusing on what players want.