PUBG passes 2 million concurrent players mark

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The rise and rise of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (opens in new tab) continues. Last month it smashed the Steam record (opens in new tab) for the most concurrent players, surpassing Dota 2's previous best of 1.3 million, and today it hit an even bigger milestone: 2 million concurrent users. Staggering.

The Early Access battle royale shooter hit 2,016,498 players earlier today, according to Steam's official stats page (opens in new tab). Just under 14 million players are on Steam right now (and today's peak will likely be just above that), which basically means that one in seven users on the platform are locked into PUBG.

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The game has also broken the 15 million owners barrier, data from SteamSpy (opens in new tab) shows, and is well on its way to 16 million. The graph below shows a definite uptick in people buying it over the past few days:

Clearly, the game's recent server troubles (opens in new tab) and a Stream of negative reviews (prompted by in-game ads for Chinese players (opens in new tab)) have not been enough to put people off.

Developer Bluehole announced yesterday that the reset of the game's leaderboards, which heralds the start of a new season, would be delayed by a week. The previous season finished yesterday, but the reset won't happen until October 17 because the team are worried about performance issues. Basically, that means the results of any games before then will not be recorded for the leaderboards.

"Our concurrent users have been increasing rapidly, and we are genuinely concerned that we may not be able to provide you with a comfortable and seamless gaming experience by starting the new season immediately," Bluehole said on a Steam post apologising for the delay (opens in new tab).

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.