PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has been topping every Steam chart possible, but not all players are new to the shooter genre.
For many of them, playing Battlegrounds is actually taking away from their time with other popular shooters on Steam, the kind of which they used to play so much of before Battlegrounds launched. Case in point: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
According to data tracker Steam Spy, 55% of those who own Battlegrounds are also Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players. Not only that, they used to play CS:GO 50% more than the average player before buying it, but their playtime has since dropped by 30%.
This essentially means that Battlegrounds is attracting the more dedicated audience of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and the same applies to H1Z1: King of the Kill, Payday 2, and Left 4 Dead players, according to the site.
In all of these cases, the most engaged parts of the audience have moved to PUBG, proving it’s more than just a fad.
Interestingly, the report also revealed that the US, China, and Germany make up the majority of the game’s audience. A growth in China is something every online game is chasing nowadays, and it’s likely a big reason for PUBG’s massive growth in such a short time.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will no doubt see similar success on consoles, since it’ll give it access to a previously untapped market.