Gearbox's Pitchford claims that Borderlands 3 had around 248k concurrent users on PC at launch

Gearbox's Pitchford claims that Borderlands 3 had around 248k concurrent users on PC at launch

The CEO of developer Gearbox Software Randy Pitchford has claimed that Borderlands 3 is off to a pretty tidy start.

Taking to Twitter (below), the exec said that the title had a peak concurrent player figure on its launch day that was roughly double the lifetime high for Borderlands 2 on PC. Depending on where you look, the 2012 title either has a peak concurrent player figure of 124,678 - according to SteamDB - while SteamCharts pegs the figure as 123,596.

Either way that means that Borderlands 3 had a peak concurrent player figure of around 248,000 users when it launched on Friday, September 13th. 

This also appears to be another vote of confidence for Epic Games Store. Borderlands 3 is exclusive to the Fortnite maker's platform, much like Deep Silver's Metro Exodus which the Unreal firm claims sold 4.5m times on its storefront than Metro: Last Light shifted on Steam in the same time.  

We caught up with the game's creative director Paul Sage at Gamescom to discuss what's new with this entry in the franchise and why Borderlands 3 isn't a competitor to other looter-shooter projects like The Division and Destiny.

The title was announced in March with a gameplay reveal taking place in May. Much of the conversation following the latter event was to do with confusion over in-game purchases with Borderlands 3, with Pitchford lashing out at press.

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Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.


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