PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is the video game that everyone is talking about after it was finally released on Steam. The game has spent a lot of time in beta testing and drew large crowds even before the official unveiling. Throughout 2017 it set important milestones, with one of the most important ones being achieved in mid-October. Back then, the first-person shooter surpassed Dota 2 in terms of player count, with 2 million people playing simultaneously.
A Bright Future for the Battle Royale Genre
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds now has more than 3 million concurrent players, effectively beating its own record. With most of the bugs fixed and developers paying attention to the threat of players bending the rules, its popularity is expected to surge in 2018. Its success brought the Battle Royale genre back in the spotlight and provided other videogame developers with the incentive to produce such titles.
Fortnite: Battle Royale is the strongest contender in this genre, with some PC players inclined to make the transition. Meanwhile, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds continues to dominate the gaming industry and is quickly developing a crowd following on Xbox One. BattlEye has fixed more game issues in December after a massive update and has banned 1.5 million players for hacking. Competition in 2018 will be fierce, now that developers and publishers are spending significant amounts on their own battle royale games.