With 3 Million Players and Counting Microsoft Could Acquire Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds

Xbox didn’t have a wonderful year in 2017, but Microsoft is probably pushing that disappointment to the sidelines because PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is performing very well on the Xbox One and Xbox One X.

The game was first released in November, and it didn’t take long for over 1 million players on the console to get on-board. It was quite a surprise since the game launched on the system with several bugs and failure to regularly hit the 30 frames per second mark.

If you’re a PC gamer who enjoys playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on Steam, then there’s no reason to consider playing it on the Xbox because the performance is well below desirable. However, that’s not a problem for Xbox owners as the game has now managed to surpass 3 million players.

Getting that chicken dinner

With three million Xbox One owners playing the game, it’s clear that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is slowly rising to become one of the most successful video games on the Microsoft system.

This success also gives Microsoft and its Xbox division a huge boost going further into 2018. The game is yet to appear on the Sony PlayStation 4, and while Fortnite has a similar Battle Royale mode, the game overall is no match for the fun PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is able to deliver.

Microsoft will need to consider its next move in the coming months because Bluehole, the developer behind the game, might not stay independent forever. Therefore, the software giant must keep a fruitful relationship with the developer with the intention of a potential acquisition, even if Bluehole launches the title on the PlayStation 4.

Buying multiplatform games isn’t a problem

There was a time when Microsoft as a company, was solely focused on advancing its own operating system and products. Things have changed since Satya Nadella took over from Steve Ballmer as the company’s new CEO.

What we have today is a new Microsoft that is more open to others. This is proven by the acquisition of Minecraft, a game that was already available for PC, Xbox, and the PlayStation. After buying the game and the studio behind it, the software giant ensured the title was released on the Wii U and later the Nintendo Switch.

Microsoft is even pushing for cross-platform play between itself, Nintendo, and Sony. So far, only Nintendo has answered the call, while Sony continues to weigh its options.

With all of this in mind, it’s clear that the American tech giant would have little issues in acquiring Bluehole, even if PUBG isn’t an Xbox and PC exclusive experience.