PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is a sensation. It’s the most-streamed game on Twitch. It’s the #3 most-played game on Steam. It’s sold 6 million copies in just four months, despite — and this is crazy — being a buggy, unfinished Early Access game with a ridiculous name.
The other unusual thing about PUBG? Its creator, a 41-year-old Irishman named Brendan Greene, who taught himself to mod games. A former graphic designer and DJ, he’s the man behind “PlayerUnknown,” andtoday.
And one of the more curious things about PlayerUnknown is how rarely he plays his own game.
He doesn’t have a gaming computer at home — only a laptop he uses for Netflix. In fact, he doesn’t consider himself much of a gamer at all. “I’ve never played Zelda. I’ve never played these classic games because they don’t interest me,” he told me.
There’s a method to his madness, though. He wants to keep himself from tainting his creation. “A friend of mine who was a producer didn’t listen to a lot of music, because he didn’t want to be unduly affected by other music he heard… I view gaming the same way,” he says.
Instead, he mostly watches streamers play his game on Twitch, which he calls “the greatest gameplay debugger out there.” (I imagine that makes some people at Twitch very happy.)
You can read our full interview with PlayerUnknown — including a lot of info about where the game’s headed next —.