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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare player numbers are really low on PC

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Infinite Warfare Player numbers low on PC

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare launched last Friday, meaning the gaming year is nearly over and we can all recede into our holes and make some headway into that backlog until January arrives. That really used to feel like the case, with the shooter usually dominating interest for the weeks following its release. That might still be he case in some circles, but on PC nothing could really be further from the truth. Especially with Infinity Ward’s latest offering.

It’s likely you’ve seen some mumblings about how low the player count for Infinite Warfare on PC is, and it’s pretty startling. During this launch weekend, Infinite Warfare never managed to push past 16 000 concurrent players at a peak, falling well short of other (older) titles. For comparison, that’s lower than games such as Farming Simulator 17, Left for Dead 2, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and even PayDay 2 2. Looking at a more recent release, Skyrim Special Edition managed well over 60 000 players – more than four times Infinite Warfare on Steam.

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The most notable being the games availability on the Microsoft Store, which is already causing havoc with the multiplayer scene. Many players might have taken up Microsoft’s offer first, given that the store heavily discounted Infinite Warfare before (and after) launch. Since Steam can’t track these, the players go uncounted for now. It’s the same to some degree when taking Modern Warfare Remastered into account, which itself drew in a combined estimate of 8000 players across single and multiplayer. Not major, but still significant to Infinite Warfare’s low total.

I don’t think this in any way suggest Call of Duty as a franchise is in trouble, but it does make a strong case for perhaps looking away from PC if you’re seeking a well populated online experience. For that, PS4 and Xbox One are likely to provide far more variety, as Infinite Warfare hopefully regains some momentum as the month continues.

Last Updated: November 7, 2016


  1. That Watch Dogs 2 ad is cool. Unless I’m the only one seeing it O_O.

    Also, Farming Simulator 17 > Infinite Warfare apparently.


    • Richard Scott

      November 7, 2016 at 09:12

      yeah spotted that too. Was wondering is there was more to it.


    • Ottokie

      November 7, 2016 at 09:13

      Pfff. COD can never live up to the standard that Farming Sim has set.


  2. Ottokie

    November 7, 2016 at 09:11



    • Ottokie

      November 7, 2016 at 09:12

      FYI. dedsec spells even worse than I do xD


  3. 40 Insane Frogs

    November 7, 2016 at 09:17

    Good! Death to COD FISHHEAD!

    The only good cod is the kind that’s crispy and preferably fried in an oven.



    • Ottokie

      November 7, 2016 at 09:20

      That actually looks delish. And this coming from someone who dislikes cooked fish 😛


  4. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    November 7, 2016 at 09:18

    • Fox1 - Retro

      November 7, 2016 at 09:22

      Not even on a Monday. XD


  5. Andre Fourie

    November 7, 2016 at 09:21

  6. Fox1 - Retro

    November 7, 2016 at 09:21

    Seems like another SFV and NMS. Another third-party backed by Sony, yeah?


  7. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    November 7, 2016 at 09:21

    Activision + Windows Store


    • Fox1 - Retro

      November 7, 2016 at 09:26

      The things we do for discounts :/


  8. MakeItLegal

    November 7, 2016 at 09:28

    yea , this is the sad fact about SA pc gamer , if u not playing dota 2 ( severs been hitting 250ms recently) u just dont get the same mp experience other people are getting


  9. Alien Emperor Trevor

    November 7, 2016 at 09:28

    It’s because everyone’s playing Titanfall.

    Hah! Just kidding.


    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      November 7, 2016 at 09:37



  10. Bruce Bielie

    November 7, 2016 at 09:40

    Maybe the nr’s pick up. Game only released on Friday. Plus payday for most people has come and gone, haven’t it?


    • Andre Fourie

      November 7, 2016 at 09:41

      True dat. I think the numbers area little premature. Gee kans man, gee kans!!!


  11. HvR

    November 7, 2016 at 09:52

  12. Andre Fourie

    November 7, 2016 at 10:32

    Are we getting a review soon?


  13. Dane

    November 7, 2016 at 10:56

    That wouldn’t have been the case had MW Remastered been a standalone game.


  14. Viking Of Science

    November 7, 2016 at 11:32

    It Also doesn’t help that they Split the player base on PC even further, The Steam Guys can’t play with the guys that bought on the Windows Store, and vice versa,because fuck you.

    Angry Joe Angry Ranted about it.


    • Grimsupanoob

      November 7, 2016 at 13:15

      Bloody valve….


      • Viking Of Science

        November 7, 2016 at 13:46

        nah, mate, It’s All on Activision and MS, Valve has always been open to cross platform. It’s MS that’s all about Walled Gardens, I Mean Christ, the “games” on the Windows store download like “apps” on a phone, so you cant even edit the INIs.


  15. 40 Insane Frogs

    November 7, 2016 at 13:31

    • 40 Insane Frogs

      November 7, 2016 at 13:32

  16. HvR

    November 7, 2016 at 18:17

    So nobody is doing it anymore?


  17. VilePresence

    November 16, 2016 at 01:20

    The game won’t even work in most cases unless you disable AVG protection and firewall, which most people have AVG and you would just HAVE TO KNOW that you do this. If you do not do this, the game will not operate at all in Multiplayer, hence why the numbers are so low. Please do some research before you add to the clickbait journalism pile. Maybe you could have enlightened us on why this is the case, instead of me having to tell you? 🙁


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