There May Never Be Another Streak
After 365 days of 1 million concurrent players, a milestone no other multiplayer title has achieved, PUBG’s active user count fell below the record-breaking threshold.
Reported on PCGamesN, via tracking site SteamDB, PUBG maintained a full year of 1-million concurrent players. The IP maintained its user count over Steam competition Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, despite the arrival of Fortnite: Battle Royale. That’s not to say the game’s user count didn’t dwindle substantially.
PUBG’s concurrent user count peaked at 3.2 million back in January, according to GamesIndustry.biz. Inversely to its month-on-month player growth last year, the battle royale property suffered a steady decline in 2018. The surge of Fortnite’s popularity, coupled with increasingly stiff competition and technical issues, apparently chipped away at the game’s appeal. Nevertheless, PUBG Corp. retained over 1,000,000 active players on a daily basis, attesting to the game’s popularity. The company almost missed its one-year milestone on September 5th, 5,000 players away from missing the active user threshold.
The streak ended yesterday, however, with the arrival of the Call of Duty: Black Ops IV private beta. The numbers were incredibly high, at a praiseworthy 960,000 active users, but still fell shy of seven digits. Thus, PUBG‘s record-breaking gambit has concluded and may mark the end of an era. That said, the dev team is still dedicated to fixing the game’s issues and have outlined a roadmap to that end.
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