Steam Stats: What were people playing on Cyber Monday?

Steam Stats is a monthly dive into what’s hot on Steam, based on their active player counts. For this month’s stats we take a peek at the activity during Cyber Monday.

Every retailer, large or small, boasted a bevy of deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Steam launched its annual Autumn Sale on Black Friday and offered deals and discounts on more than a thousand titles. With that in mind, we’ll take a look at any changes to the Top 20 rankings as well as overall activity following the weekend sales madness.

The Top 20 on Cyber Monday

  1. Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds
  2. Dota 2
  3. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  4. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  5. Warframe
  6. Team Fortress 2
  7. Rocket League
  8. ARK: Survival Evolved
  9. Grand Theft Auto V
  10. Sid Meier’s Civilization V
  11. Garry’s Mod
  12. Rust
  13. Football Manager 2018
  14. Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (Test Server)
  15. Fallout 4
  16. Sid Meier’s Civilization VI
  17. Paladins
  18. Terraria
  19. Arma 3
  20. Battlerite

One of the first changes in the Top 20 is the appearance of PUBG twice on this list. PUBG Corporation announced two weeks ago the addition of temporary test servers that would be available sporadically for players to test out patches and other features, especially climbing and vaulting.

Battlerite cracked the Top 20 in the last position. The title, however, cracked the number two spot a week after release in early November. The free-to-play arena brawler by Swedish developer Stunlock Studios found its niche but the next couple of weeks will be crucial as to whether the title can hold onto its audience and remain in the Top 20.

Beyond that, the Top 20 list of games continues to hold steady with the usual suspects. It’s interesting that gamers tend to prefer Civilization V over its sequel Civilization VI.

Real-life soccer matches and news continue to keep Football Manager afloat as well. The leagues and tournaments are knee-deep in their respective competitions such as the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, the Copa Libertadores, (Brazilian club Gremio beat Argentine club Lanus in the Copa Libertadores final as I wrote this).

The numbers on the day were massive; starting off with 10 million users, peaking at 15 million, and dipping back down to 10 million at the end of 24-hour cycle.