Without a doubt, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has become a smash success, for not only does it currently hold the peak player record on Steam for any non-Valve game, but also it managed to sell 4 million units in just 3 months. Following these successes, the battle royale video game from Bluehole Studio has hit another milestone, as it has now become the newest title in a lineage of releases to have been subject to the phenomenon of a Twitch Chat bot playing the game.
As seen in the video below, a huge forum of gaming fans banded together to input actions to a bot playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds through Twitch by simply typing in commands that the main character will use through in the game. Interestingly enough, while the idea of a collective hive mind taking control of a single soldier in the title should have logically resulted in a major loss, Twitch Chat actually managed to end the match by getting third place out of 97 other players after being run over by a car.
For those unaware, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is far from the first video game to be played by a group of gaming fans through a Twitch Chat bot, as one of the more popular instances of the concept’s existence occurred when Twitch played Pokemon Red and actually beat it. After almost 400 hours that included smaller sects of players attempting to instill order against others who were simply trolling the forum with random and chaotic suggestions for moves and intentional missteps, the title was finally completed.
Twitch users have even gotten together in the past to take on even more non-traditional ventures outside of more popular and current video games. As it so happens, the Twitch Plays experience was applied to the board game chess, which eventually resulted in the defeat of a chess Grandmaster.
All things considered, the most recent outing with a Twitch Chat bot playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and coming out in the top three in a match shows that since the phenomenon can still yield successful results, fans should expect to see even more examples of the site’s users banding together to take on another title. The only question is which one should be tackled next?
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is available now for PC, with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions currently in development.