PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is the third highest selling game in Steam’s history, says Valve’s Gabe Newell.
Newell briefly touched on the title during a press presentation about the new DOTA 2 card game, Artifact, yesterday.
Talking about the investment Valve has made in hardware and technology, Newell said that there was a “big hole” left in the market after the release of DOTA 2 that PUBG stepped in to fill.
“You can have a relatively new game like PUBG, and […] they can capitalise 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,” he 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.”
The game has been wildly successful since its launch, so it’s interesting to hear its sales contextualised in terms of its performance on Steam.
PUBG’s 2018 road map was revealed yesterday, with plans for the coming year outlined, as well as the announcement of PC test servers.
Despite seeing its sales reach 30 million, the active player base on PC has dropped off recently, likely due to the inordinate amount of cheaters the game has been plagued with.