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Steam sees huge Chinese growth (thanks to PUBG?)

Steam’s October 2017 hardware and software survey has revealed a huge shift in numbers across the board, with Chinese easily the most popular language right now.

In fact, Simplified Chinese saw a jump of 26.58% to hit 56.12%, meaning that Chinese is used on just over half of all Steam-enabled computers.

Some of the other notable user numbers pertain to Windows 7 (gaining 22.2% to hit 63.2%), total hard drive space (computers with more than 1TB of space grew by almost 21% to 65.60%) and display resolution (full HD resolution grew by 14.59% to account for 71.38% of Steam-enabled computers).

According to PC Games N, PlayerUnknown’s Battleground (PUBG) is to blame for the huge increase in Chinese numbers.

In fact, the Steam user rating for PUBG took a nose-dive last month, as Chinese users bestow negative reviews on the game. According to Kotaku, the negative reviews are largely due to bad ping, server crashes, as well as an in-game advert for an “internet accelerator”.

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