While the covid pandemic still has many complicated developments, but the gaming industry is still going strong and achieving a lot of growth despite, and 2021 is coming to an end, let’s take a look back at most 10 played games have the highest number of concurrent players to see where your game is.
Grand Theft Auto V – 184,941 (Steam Only)
After nearly 10 years of release, GTA V still achieves a lot of success with the highest number of concurrent players of 184,941 (Steam only). Along with that is the version for Xbox X and PS5 to be released soon. That’s enough to see that the attraction of this game is still very strong.
In addition to the main plot, the open world is the highlight of Grand Theft Auto V, players are not forced to play according to the pre-built story. You can go around stealing cars, destroying vehicles, messing with anyone around, or simply choosing a car and driving it off the highway.
Players control the character from a third-person perspective with the option of using different controllers such as a mouse, keyboard, or controller.
When driving, gamers can also change the first or third-person perspective to be able to experience a more realistic feeling.
Like every other gangster-themed game, money is the main goal for all three characters in the game to go down the path of crime. And of course, after each mission, you can use that money to invest to create additional profits for yourself.
However, just like in real life, creating a passive income source is always very difficult. And so that forces you to keep committing the wrongdoings.
Apex Legends – 228,439 (Steam Only)
Apex Legend proved the perfect formula of fascinating gameplay, AAA production quality, and a free game business model. Making it successfully temporarily replace Fortnite and PUBG and become the most played and most watched multiplayer game.
This number has definitely fallen since the record 2 million concurrent players in the opening month. But despite occasional growth in the players’ community, it’s still quite impressive. It is safe to say that Apex has entered this category and will occupy a place in the foreseeable future.
So far, “Apex Heroes” has reached a peak of 228,439 on Steam in 2021 alone. Adding to the number of consoles, we wouldn’t be surprised if the total reached 1 million on a good day.
PUPG – 458,778
The game has started a craze and reshaped the entire multiplayer gaming market in the past few years. PUBG still attracts a large audience despite the Battle Royale genre being flooded with copycat games.
Most notably, of course, of which Epic Game’s Fortnite is the game that most clearly copies the style of the PUPG. However PUBG’s lack of investment as well as bugs,… Along with the delay in arriving on consoles has caused it to fall behind quite quickly after Fortnite has started to build its position.
But while PUBG may no longer dominate the Battle Royale genre, it still offers a tactical military simulation experience that other games in the genre can’t match. This and the fact that its mobile version is also extremely popular (the numbers are not included in the above index).
PUBG’s highest concurrent player count in 2021 has so far reached 458,778.
Valheim – 502,387
Developer Iron Gate Studio’s survival game Valheim may still be in Early Access. But it is a “big explosive” to the gates in such fashion that it’s already likely to go up as one of 2021’s biggest success stories.
If you haven’t played, Valheim is a very standard survival experience-start with nothing. Then slowly collect resources and build new structures to unlock better tools and weapons. There are five bosses to choose from in its huge procedurally generated sandbox. But the game’s construction mechanism is similar to Minecraft, which increases the experience of players.
What Valheim is really good at is the dull environment of its wilderness like all the emerging games that happen organically and in every adventure. Whether it is single-player or multiplayer with partners.
The formula was a huge success, with 5 million players purchasing an early access copy just one month after its launch. According to the Steam chart. This is enough to reach an astonishing peak of 500,000 concurrent players in February.
Dota 2 – 648,875
One sentiment that has long been taken for granted is that the multiplayer online battle arena type is dying. However, MOBA games did not grow as much as before. But don’t think they are not very popular. The Dota sequel, DOTA 2, developed by Valve, still eclipses most of the competition.
In the past 12 months, it has often approached 1 million concurrent players, and sometimes even exceeded this total. Although it has existed for nearly ten years. The number 801,121 cited above for this ranking is taken from April 2020.
Like CS: GO, its e-sports presence has cultivated an enthusiastic community of players who are not eager to switch to a new IP. “DOTA 2” is also a lot of noise in the east, especially in China, which accounts for a large part of its player base.
Counter-Strike: GO – 1.2 Million
Is a big monument of e-sports CS: GO. As of April 2020. The game reached the highest number of concurrent players up to 1.3 million people. This is an extremely impressive number over eight years of development.
The prosperity of e-sports and the strength of the franchise since the 1990s have kept the game ahead and firmly established CS: GO in the hearts of gamers.
Until now, gamers in Europe and Russia still make up the majority of the world’s largest CS: GO players.
Minecraft – 1.4 Million+
This is a game easily accessible to many different ages. Minecraft still shows steady growth in the number of players. It’s hard to pin down the exact number of players, but we used Minecraft’s 2015 MAU data to come up with an almost exact number.
For a more accurate view, we have determined the MAU data of Dota 2 years in 2019 to be 11.9 million people and for Minecraft 10 times that number. Our 1.4 concurrent player count was taken from a Polygon article in 2015 when Minecraft’s MAU data was said to be under 40 million.
From that we have placed Minecraft in the number of these places as that number now has three times like that.
Crossfire – 8 Million
It seems that most readers of 4FREEGAME will not have heard of Crossfire. But according to Korean developer Smilegate Entertainment, recently, their game has reached 8 million concurrent players.
They also informed Crossfire fans that the next game, Crossfire X, will release with special upgrades for Microsoft’s platform in 2021.
Although this is only a one-sided affirmation from the publisher, according to our assessment, Crossfire is a fairly popular FPS game in Asia. Therefore, you may wonder about the current community size of players that does not seem to match the numbers given by the publisher.
League of Legends – 8 Million
As the most successful MOBA game at the moment, and at the same time bringing this genre to an ever-evolving genre. The growth numbers of LOL have blown away doubts about the demise of the MOBA genre.
According to Riot Game, almost every day there are about 8 million players. That is believable. With investment in promoting the game through music videos, events with cinematic, and most recently the movie Arcane.
The 2nd place that LOL got is an understandable fact. Although the game was once considered a copy of DOTA, however, over time. The position that LOL has achieved goes even further than what DOTA has achieved.
Once again, a strong esports scene has helped League of Legends to hold onto its community. Which routine turns up in the millions to watch competitive tournaments online. The League of Legends World Championships 2019 broke Twitch’s concurrent viewership records with 1.7 million watching FunPlus Phoenix crush G2 Esports.
Fortnite – 12.3 Million
Constantly evolving and refreshing the game, Fortnite is the most successful game ever created. To be able to maintain a loyal and growing playerbase over the years. Epic Games worked on building Fortnite as a service game.
It’s basically a new Battle Royal game every month thanks to content that surpasses the visions of the original genre.
More than that, Fortnite sustains and adapts to pop culture by collaborating with musicians and celebrities like Marshmello and Travis Scott.
It was during the Astronomical Concert back in 2020 that Fortnite set a 12.3 million concurrent player peak, as players flocked to watch Travis Scott debut a new single.