In the few short months PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds been available, the multiplayer battle royale game has achieved some impressive things, selling millions of copies and dominating the Steam charts, but its latest accomplishment may be its biggest yet. Believe it or not, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has officially surpassed League of Legends’ viewership on Twitch.
When it comes to esports there’s everybody else, and then there’s League of Legends and Dota 2. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds may have toppled games like Overwatch and Counter-Strike, but nobody expected the game to take down the big boys. Well, according to the analysts at Gamoloco, that’s exactly what happened last week, with PUGB racking up 16.9 million hours watched, compared to 15 million for LoL. Dota 2 was still in first spot by a wide margin, but that game was in the midst of a major tournament last week.
According to Gameloco, this is the first time League of Legends has ever been beaten by a game that wasn’t getting a boost from a major launch or esports event. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds unseated the king fair and square, with no help or special weapons.
In other “nothing can stop Battlegrounds” news, SteamSpy reports the game has now sold 7 million copies and surpassed 600,000 concurrent players on Steam. For the record, PUBG hit the 5 million copies mark less than a month ago. So yeah, in case there was any doubt, PUBG isn’t just a cult favorite, or indie hit – it’s legitimately the biggest game in the world right now by a rather wide margin.