PUBG is third highest-earning Steam game of all time, according to Gabe NewellValve boss points to Bluehole’s phenomenon as proof of how Steam benefits the industryJames BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefFriday 9th March 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleBlueholeValveFurther context of the incredible success achieved by PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has emerged from none other than Valve president Gabe Newell.According to Newell, PUBG is both the third best-selling game of all time on Steam, and also comes third in the highest-earning ranks – an impressive achievement given that the game is only just approaching its one-year anniversary.During a roundtable interview in the firm’s Bellevue studio, the industry figurehead discussed how Valve’s ongoing research into hardware and other technology has been an “investment in the future”.He went on to observe that Bluehole’s hugely popular multiplayer title is proof that Valve’s investment “does help do good things for the gaming industry”, PC Gamer reports.”So you can have a relatively new game like PUBG, and because they can capitalise on all the other multiplayer games, the technology, [and] the fact that China is now a huge market for anybody who does PC game development,” he said.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “So PUBG can come out of pretty much nowhere and become the third largest selling game in Steam’s history. Their gross revenue over all time is already number three in fairly short order.”Newell didn’t specify which two titles have outperformed PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, but it’s a safe bet Valve’s own Dota 2, Team Fortress 2 and CS:GO are in the running. He also avoided disclosing specific figures when it came to number of sales or lifetime revenue.Elsewhere in the discussion, the Valve president says this focus on investing in technology and research – thus enabling success for other games firms – has distracted the firm from shipping its own games. This is something Newell has pledged to rectify.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesWolfire Games files antitrust lawsuit against ValveThe developer argues that Valve uses its dominant position on the PC market to “exploit publishers and consumers”By Marie Dealessandri 12 days agoValve blocks Super Seducer 3 from SteamMultiple product reviews left Valve at “an impasse” with seduction game creator Richard LeRuinaBy Matthew Handrahan A month agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.