PUBG Is Steam's Third Best-Selling Game Ever

The popular battle royale game came "out of nowhere," according to Valve boss Gabe Newell.

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Now Playing: PUBG Might Be In Trouble If It Doesn't Evolve

PUBG might be losing some ground to Fortnite, but the game remains a juggernaut. According to Valve boss Gabe Newell, the battle royale game is Steam's third highest-selling game of all time. He revealed the detail during a presentation this weekend, according to IGN.

"You can have a relatively new game like PUBG, and [...] they can capitalize on all the other multiplayer games, and all of the technology, [and] the fact that China is now a huge market for anybody who does PC game development," Newell apparently said. "So PUBG can come out of pretty much nowhere and become the third largest selling game on Steam's history. Their gross revenue over all-time is already number three in fairly short order."

It is not immediately clear what the No. 1 and No. 2 best-selling games on Steam are, and Valve may never say.

Indeed, PUBG was only released on Steam through Early Access in March 2017. The game left Early Access in December with the launch of the 1.0 edition. Though the game is officially released, developer PUBG Corp. continues to support the title with regular updates as part of its games-as-a-service approach. Just recently, the studio laid out its development roadmap for 2018, and this includes a new map, emotes, and lots more.

The last figure we heard for PUBG sales was 30 million, which is remarkable. Though player figures have dropped, the game remains popular on a level that the video game industry has almost never seen. On Steam, the game had an unthinkable 2.46 million peak concurrent players today, which is significantly ahead of the No. 2 game, DOTA 2, which had a peak concurrent player figure of 573,511 on Steam today. Notably, DOTA 2 is a free-to-play game, while PUBG costs $30.

PUBG is also available on Xbox One (where it's reached millions of players) and a PS4 version sounds likely. In fact, PUBG Corp. has said it wants to launch the game everywhere, while movie and TV shows based on the game are also being considered.

For more on PUBG, check out GameSpot's video above in which editors talk about how the game may need to evolve in the wake of pressure from Fortnite and other similar games.

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I always find it so annoying when people want to make movies on something big when it gets popular. It's like their only doing it to get a piece of the money cake. Always in the name of money and not creativity. PATHETIC.

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Soy boys

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I don't get the allure, I find the game remarkably boring. It's large amounts of time running around doing nothing, with very occasional moments of fun or brilliance. It seems like it only really works in highlight reels and that's it.

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Came out of nowhere to make him a shitload of cash is what Gabe really meant to say.

But seriously though, it’s the Chinese that are buying the game in bulk, because every time a cheater gets banned, they need another copy of the game to go back in.

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@jyml8582: It's selling phenomenally on the XB1, a console primarily bought by the US so the Chinese and banned argument doesn't work there. It's just a popular game in general it seems.

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@rekt_tombraider: Your comment makes no sense. This game is on both PC and XB1 and is selling well on both platforms. The article you claim to have read even says as much. Hold that L and stay butthurt xD

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i dont get the hype....the game looks ok, but thats as far as ill go with it.

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@banhammer: It's a really fun game and the guns and sounds are really realistic. It combines simplicity with "anything can happen" and being the last to survive is pretty exhilarating. It does a lot of things right. Not to mention the 100 players competing with each other simultaneously to survive is cool.

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Pubg and fortnight are for douchey streamers to play.

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Honestly I play the game on both Xbox one and pc and I can tell you that I prefer the game much more over fortnite. For me its just more intense when getting near the end unlike fortnite for me.

PUBG CORP, just needs to release more performance updates. So the game can run better on both platforms.

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I want to know what 1 and 2 are!

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So many triggered people in the comments and most likely even more will come haha. I don't care about these types of games but notice so many people I follow on Twitch love the game. Europeans (namely Germans) especially seem to be in love with PUBG and Fortnite.

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Why does sh!t sell well?

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Best selling is Watch Paint Dry: The Game

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@moonco: And right behind that is Watching Grass Grow: The Gardening

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I don't like gamers.