As we reach the conclusion of 2017, it is perhaps fitting that this year's breakout gaming hit PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has yet another story set for it. As of today, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds broke another milestone in player counts, with over 3 million players being online this morning on Steam - and that is in addition to players on Xbox One.
As you can see in the image below, this morning there were over 3.1 million players battling in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, although it has since gone down to a more typical 1.2 million. Interestingly, one can also see that it has been steadily and consistently eclipsing highs of over 2 million players a day, something it first did in October, only a month after it became the holder of most concurrent users on Steam ever in September.
This news comes only a day after PUBG's anti-cheat BattlEye revealed that it has banned over 1.5 million players since the game's Early Access release back in March and less than a month after the 1.0 release happened on PC in December. This is also without the official release happening in China, something that is forthcoming following a partnership with Tencent was announced that will also bring changes to the game in the China region, as well as a mobile release there.
These player counts happen as sales for PUBG continue to soar. The Xbox One version of the game broke a million in sales in 48 hours on that platform, and on PC we've seen it race past the 10 million mark in September, over 20 million in November and claimed to have over 30 million players earlier this month.
Over the last two weeks, it has an estimated nearly 20 million players on PC, according to SteamSpy, putting it about a fifth of the way to Brandon Greene's (the titular PlayerUnknown) goal of 100 million monthly active users.