Not entirely too long ago, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim held the record on Steam for being the title with the most number of concurrent players – somewhere in the region of 287, 411 people playing the decidedly single player RPG at the same time. That record has been broken – and the new record is a game that’s not even been released yet.
Yup, Dota 2 – the game that’s an adaptation of a Warcraft 3 mod that’s an adaptation of a StarCraft Map is now the most popular single title on Steam, racking up 297,116 concurrent users. The second most played game at this very moment is Valve’s microtransaction driver Hat-exchange simulator, Team Fortress 2, with just 71,593 concurrents. Skyrim? that’s down to less than 50 thousand people.
That’s pretty impressive for a game that’s a) not officially out yet, and b) competes with other a number of other games in the same genre, such as League of Legends and Heroes of Newerth, that are virtually indistinguishable to the uninitiated.
Of course, one reason for the game’s propagation is that Valve seems to just hand out handfuls of Beta keys to anyone who even looks in their direction.
Last Updated: March 4, 2013