Steam Stats May 2017: What were you playing on Mother's Day?

Steam Stats is a monthly look into what's hot on Steam. This month, we take a peek at gaming trends that occurred during Mother's Day. Did gamers shun the women who birthed them in favor of fragging their neighbors, or did they pause, however briefly, to properly recognize mom? The numbers will tell.

Let's begin with the list of Top 20 titles on the evening of May 14th:

  1. Dota 2
  2. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  3. Playerunknown's Battlegrounds
  4. Team Fortress 2
  5. H1Z1: King of the Kill
  6. ARK: Survival Evolved
  7. Rocket League
  8. Grand Theft Auto V
  9. Sid Meier's Civilization V
  10. Garry's Mod
  11. Football Manager 2017
  12. Paladins
  13. Warframe
  14. Rust
  15. Stellaris
  16. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
  17. Sid Meier's Civilization VI
  18. Fallout 4
  19. Terraria
  20. Arma 3

The 24-hour period began with nearly nine million gamers whittling away the late night and early morning hours, with the numbers peaking at 13 million users between 9am and 11am. This follows the usual pattern we've seen since we began this column last year. There was a sharp drop of five million online users between 11am and 7pm, with the day ending at nearly seven million online users.

We hope that the drop in users during daytime hours can be attributed to five million gamers coming to their senses to spend time with their moms and, at the very least, acknowledge their existence in a positive way!

The list of Top 20 has remained nearly unchanged since the previous month, but there are still some interesting fluctuations. GTAV's 8th place position is the second lowest spot Rockstar's title has seen in months. Its spot at number 10 during Easter Sunday last month was its lowest position. Football Manager failed to crack the Top 10, but has held a consistent appearance in the Top 20 in the past couple of weeks.

Also of note is the disappearance of The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited from the list. The title received a huge boost last month when it was available to play free of charge for an entire week.