Remember when Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds rose to fourth most played game on Steam, bypassing GTA V and coming up on Fallout 4? It has since shattered that record and blown past Counter-Strike as well. How high can it possibly go?
The king of all Steam games, for quite a while now, has been DOTA 2, manufactured by Valve itself. Over the weekend, boosted by still-riding popularity and the Gamescom Invitational tournament, PUBG’s traffic came within digits of surpassing DOTA’s. And at 1:30 AM on August 27, it happened — PUBG bested DOTA and became Steam’s biggest game.
The reign would be short-lived, however — it turned out PUBG now had more players than it could handle.
The servers are down, and we are investigating it. We apologize for the inconvenience.
— PLAY BATTLEGROUNDS (@PUBATTLEGROUNDS) August 27, 2017
Once the servers went down, DOTA 2 took the top spot back. But the numbers and trends would suggest it’s only a matter of time at this point before it becomes #2 for a much longer period. Battlegrounds has now sold eight million copies on Steam and its popularity continues to grow.