It feels like only yesterday PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds became the most concurrently played non-Valve game in Steam's history. Realistically, it was only around a week ago. Now, it's crossed another milestone, dethroning Counter Strike: Global Offensive to sit as the second most-played game in Steam's recent history.
Released back in 2012, Counter Strike: Global Offensive was surrounded by mixed reactions. While some were thankful the classic FPS was getting something new - and on consoles, to boot - the Counter Strike die-hards were still happy to plug hours into the original Counter Strike 1.6 and its pseudo-remake Counter Strike: Source.
Fast-forward a few years, and all was right in the world. Counter Strike: Global Offensive was the leading PC FPS. Over the last few days, its continued to see large amounts of daily players at its peak, reaching just over 500,000 while PlayerUnknown's Battleground - the strongest condending non-Valve game - sat just below.
Over the last few days, however, the Early Access survival game dubbed by many as Battle Royale has pushed ahead, clearing 600,000 concurrent players. And that's its peak count as of 9am on a Tuesday morning. There's a good chance 10-11pm BST is the best time to look at these stats, but there's a bigger question on our minds; can it dethrone the reining king - Dota 2? We can imagine some are really hoping to see it happen.
Will it mean much for the game's long-term longevity? Not really. But it'll certainly make history whether the game enjoys a long fire of dies out in the next few months. For now, we congratulate the PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds team for everything they've accomplished. Releasing into Early Access in April, they've managed a lot in a very short period of time.