Playerunknown's Battlegrounds PC sales in the region of 42m

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds PC sales in the region of 42m

Around 42m people have bought battle royale behemoth Playerunknown's Battlegrounds on PC.

Last month, developer and publisher PUBG Corp announced that over 50m copies had been sold on PC and Xbox One when the company revealed that more than 400m people had played the title across all platforms.

Yesterday, Microsoft rolled out some new hardware bundles for Playerunknown's Battlegrounds and Minecraft. In doing so, the Big M claimed that over eight million people had played the title on Xbox One. Thus, in the region of 42m people have played the battle royale blockbuster.

That means that around 16m people have bought the game on this platform since the start of the year; PUBG Corp revealed that 26m people had played the game during its Early Access phase, which ended in December 2017.

On average, sales of the game have slowed to 2.67m per month; last year the title was shifting 5.2m each month, on average.

Average monthly sales aren't the only Playerunknown's Battlegrounds metric that has dropped; the title's peak average player figure has also dipped considerably. In January of this year, the title boasted 1.6m average concurrent players; in the last 30 days - according to SteamCharts - the title has had just 779,641. This isn't an entirely surprising dip, especially given the popularity of its biggest - and most importantly, free - rival, Fortnite.

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