PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is growing at an insane rate, and despite the game still being in its early access stages, the game’s creator is already looking towards the even larger League of Legends when considering how big his game can become.
Since its very recent release on Steam, the king of the hill game has posted some incredible numbers both in terms of player count and sales, crossing the million mark in both fields. The game quickly sold over 1 million copies – while not even fully released yet and only available on Steam – and more recently, it’s been whooping Dota 2 and other Steam games in terms of active and peak players. But even with all those players, it’d have to gain many, many more to stack up against League of Legends.
Speaking to gamesindustry.biz, Brendan Greene, the creator of PUBG, said that they’re still experiencing tons of success, but he can’t help but think of how massive League has become. If they make the right moves, Greene says that his game might be able to approach the numbers that the popular MOBA puts up at some point.
"Our sales curves are just going up,” Greene said. “They're not slowing down, I'm still waiting for that plateau, and it's just not happening yet. When you ask about growth on PC, I just look at League. 100 million active users a month, I think, something stupid like that? If we play our cards right, maybe we can get to that level of users."
While they’re not exactly close to the numbers that League of Legends puts up each month in terms of players, Greene and his game have definitely proven that they’ll do alright in terms of viewership, even when stacked up against League. Just recently, it was reported that PUBG topped League as the most-watched game on Twitch for the month of August, a feat that hadn’t been accomplished in
With the professional scene in League heating up as teams battle through their regional game that’ll continue onto Worlds in the coming weeks, PUBG will have its work cut out for it if it wants to continue competing with League on Twitch. The player count will likely take quite a bit longer to grow to the bar set by League, but PUBG is still very new and has plenty of time to work towards it.