26m people played Playerunknown's Battlegrounds in Early Access

26m people played Playerunknown's Battlegrounds in Early Access

We now have a better idea of just how well battle royale behemoth Playerunknown's Battlegrounds did during its nine months in Early Access.

The game's official Twitter account posted a handy infographic (below) which shows that more than 26m copies of the title were sold during its pre-1.0 phase. The game has now gone on to sell more than 30m copies since its version one release and Xbox One roll out in December. Sales are likely closer to 40m by this point.

Meanwhile, there were 130,260,892 chicken dinners, victories, which the studio says is more than enough chicken to feed Iceland's population for just under a year, 359 days.

Before PUBG's 1.0 release, the title hit a peak concurrent player count of 3,148,000 people with a peak streamer count of 1,097,000.

Gamers ploughed 2.7bn hours into the game in the nine months before the game rolled out of Early Access.

A whopping 13.4m people were killed with frying pans, roughly one person every two seconds.

Some other stats that aren't in that infographic - PUBG Corp had to ban more than one million people in January alone due to cheating, bringing the total figure to more than 2.5m since the game's March 2017 release date. 

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