Steam Stats October 2017: Playerunknown's Battlegrounds blows up the records

Steam Stats is a monthly dive into what’s hot on Steam based on their active player counts. This month we took a peek at the midway point of the month, October 15, which also happened to be a Sunday. As we've previously found, the differences in the numbers and titles between games played on a weekday and a weekend were massive.

Let’s start with the Top 20 titles on the day:

  1. Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds
  2. Dota 2
  3. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  4. Warframe
  5. Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War
  6. Team Fortress 2
  7. Rocket League
  8. ARK: Survival Evolved
  9. Divinity: Original Sin 2
  10. Payday 2
  11. Football Manager 2017
  12. Sid Meier’s Civilization V
  13. Grand Theft Auto V
  14. Garry’s Mod
  15. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  16. Rust
  17. Total War: Warhammer II
  18. Fallout 4
  19. H1Z1: King of the Kill
  20. Paladins

The number of players logged on are pretty wild. The peak occurs at 7 AM Pacific with just a little over 16 million gamers online. The numbers decline throughout the day until reaching a low of 9 million around 11 PM, which is at least two million higher than the usual lowest point on a weekday.

In the top spot is Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, a title that floated in either second or third place the previous months. It recently broke the record for the most concurrent users on Steam with a recorded 1,348,374 users playing the title on September 16, according to Steam Charts.

New to the top 20

Newcomer Middle-earth: Shadow of War broke into the top five just five days after its release. The game is a "massive and ambitious action game" which is why we rated it a 9.5, one of the highest scores of all the titles we’ve reviewed.

Another new title in the Top 20 is Divinity: Original Sin 2. Reviews for the Co-Op RPG by Larian Studios have been mostly positive, with some (including us) even hailing the title as one of the best in the history of role-playing games.

Similar accolades have been lavished on Total War: Warhammer II. It’s the latest title in the franchise of turn-based strategy and real-time battles featuring historic as well as outlandish timelines. There’s even free DLC that merges last year’s Warhammer title with the sequel. 

It will be interesting to see how long these new games stick around in the top 20, especially with a few more big titles due to be released before the end of 2017.