Let’s try something new. Let’s try to do a monthly thing where we look at some Steam Stats for concurrent players at the end of each month and see who’s doing how well? I’d like to do a more complete coverage, but PSN and Xbox Live have no readily available way to check out these numbers, but Steam I think is ubiquitous enough to allow us a pretty accurate look into the PC market at least.
Unsurprisingly, Valve’s big multiplayer titles: Dota 2, CS: GO and Team Fortress 2 dominate the top 5 on positions 1, 2 and 4 respectively. Total War: WARHAMMER however, seems to be a breakout hit lying comfortably in the third position for concurrent players. For a game that’s so narrow in its appeal, trying to sell itself to the intersection of fans of both the Games Workshop IP and the Total War franchise, I think we can safely say it’s doing remarkably well.
In the Top 10, the biggest surprise is Garry’s Mod, which people are still fiddling with even after the advent of Source Filmmaker. ARK: Survival Evolved, Warframe and GTA V seem to still be drawing massive amounts of attention. Civilization V sits at position 7 and I assume it’s at least partly due to people who have died of hunger or exhaustion while lying to themselves that they’ll only play this one. more. turn.
Some single player gems fall comfortably into the Top 25 bracket with Fallout 4 at number 11, perhaps after the recent release of Far Harbor, Witcher 3 sits at 20 and Dark Souls III is holding out at 22. Recent release Stellaris is at 23 and digital cocaine Clicker Heroes sits at 21.
Tom Clancy’s The Division does not seem to be doing well, sitting at 27. While it is a multi platform game, and a lot of its following has migrated from console exclusive Destiny or is maybe trapped alone and helpless on UPlay, it’s telling of the dwindling interest in this title that Clicker Heroes is doing better than it. Even Skyrim is doing better. Hell, even this thing is doing better. DOOM sits at 33 and MGS: V is still doing pretty well at 47.
The rest of the Top 99, numbers 50 – 99 are a mixed bag of multiplayer titles such as DayZ, H1Z1 or Black Ops 2, recent or older releases with a lot of replayability such as Undertale, Crusader Kings 2 and Elite Dangerous and, of course, Dark Souls. Because people will apparently be playing the first Dark Souls forever.
That’s pretty much what people have been playing these past few days and weeks. Of course we’re missing a lot of data because we don’t know how many people are playing Overwatch this time of year (everyone.) and how many are enjoying the wacky misadventures of Nathan Drake on the PS4. Speaking of Overwatch, notably absent from the entire Top 99 list of concurrent players is Gearbox’ Battleborn. For all its trying to steal Blizzard’s thunder, it does not seem to be faring well at all…
Anyway, what are your thoughts about these numbers? What have you been playing this month? Tell us in the comments and we’ll see you next month.
Paul is mainly a PC Gamer with an affinity for interesting or unique gameplay styles or mechanics. He prefers a good story and engaging gameplay over polygons, and frame rates. He's also going to make a game one day, just you watch. Just as soon as he gets some time. Any day now.