Steam: The Most Played Games Aren’t Even Made In 2016

A list where the first five places are held by 2015 titles – something’s not right.

GitHyp published two lists regarding Steam. The first one shows the peak player amount, and in this top five, we see three games made in 2016:

  • Dota 2 / 1,286,617 peak players (#1 in 2015)
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive / 845,806 peak players (#2 in 2015)
  • No Man’s Sky / 212,321 peak players (new)
  • XCOM 2 / 132,834 peak players (new)
  • Dark Souls 3 / 129,922 peak players (new)

The situation changes drastically when we look at the chart of average players per hour. In this one, we can’t even find a 2016 game on the first fourteen (!) positions. The top five are ruled by 2015 releases, which says a lot:

  • Dota 2 / 636,607 avg. players per hour (#1 in 2015)
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive / 360,600 avg. players per hour (#2 in 2015)
  • Team Fortress 2 / 50,802 avg. players per hour (#4 in 2015)
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 / 40,258 avg. players per hour (#5 in 2015)
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization 5 / 37,885 avg players per hour (#9 in 2015)

The best 2016 release on this list is Paladins, which might look like an Overwatch-clone at first sight. This free-play game got the 15th place with 22,809 average players per hour. Why not Civilization VI? Its predecessor’s fifth position would make you think it could be up there, wouldn’t it?

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