MMO Business Roundup: Steam activity in decline, Sea of Thieves hits 5M players, MapleStory M downloaded 3M times

    
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Time for a quick-and-dirty roundup of some industry news that appeals to the numerologists among our reading audience!

We’ll start with a look at Steam, which is seeing a rather unprecedented drop in active users this year. The count has gone down from an average daily high of 18.5 million players in January to just 15 million per day this past week. Suspects in this dastardly crime caper are the popular PUBG and Fortnite.

Perhaps some of those users are lost in Sea of Thieves? The pirate simulator is crowing over the fact that it just crossed five million players total since the game’s launch this past spring.

Another possibility is that the new MapleStory M has them in its clutches. The mobile version of the hit Asian MMO racked up an amazing three million players in its first week of operation.

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Hamblepants

This 100% ∆ . Theres gotta be at least like 50-60% of steam users who are in their summer right now.

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Hamblepants

How many steam players are in parts of the world with winter in January and summer right now? Maybe many of us do less gaming in the summer? Maybe a lot? Id guess steam numbers shockingly increase once we get to January again.

Comparing January to August for use of media that requires several hours and being indoors – seems a bit like cooking the numbers.

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Hamblepants

Theres no comparison data for any previous years that i could find in the linked article, or on steamdb, or through steamspy.

If someone has that (reliably-sourced) data, we could get real sense of how big a dip that is. Its not hard to do.

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Rheem Octuris

I think it has more to do with all the poorly made games / early access titles crowding out any quality software and people are getting tired of it. That and I suspect people have less disposable income these days.

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Mewmew

The number of people gaming hasn’t declined, just there is more off Steam now and less people stubborn about playing only things released on Steam.

Steam certainly does have a lot of crap now, there was a time years ago when a Steam release meant your title would be noticed and get lots of extra sales. Now there are so many releases and the vast majority low quality, many games get lost in the sea of releases sort of like what happens on Android.

Steam of course has moved to have the “Popular New Releases” tab for people to look at instead, but I’ve noticed a number of nice quality and interesting games still in the big list that just never get noticed.

Anyway this isn’t really about that as much as people simply playing games off Steam. I haven’t heard of any major decline in disposable income over the past few years so I don’t think that has anything to do with it. In fact if you look at the amount of money still being spent on things like Fortnite and other places, it’s at least just as high as ever and probably at a peak above what it has been over the past few years.

Some majorly popular games haven’t had Steam releases and that really is what it comes down to.

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Steely Bob

following folks like shroud or dr disrespect or ninja, et al, i think i know (despite the previously mentioned players still playing it, save for ninja) pubg’s audience has mostly left to play fortnight. the numbers in that shift have greatly impacted the twitch/youtube numbers too, which is a vicious circle as people watch twitch to see what people are playing and go play it and there’s been so much battle royale competition that it’s not just flavor of the month, it’s flavor of the week sometimes. while valve may well have it’s issues, it’s when one game swoops in and completely takes over an existing game’s impressively large player base that isn’t through steam when you get numbers like these.

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Sorenthaz

How dare you insinuate people don’t live on their computers.

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Sorenthaz

I don’t see how PUBG would cause numbers to drop when PUBG is playable through Steam…?

Also 5m players from SoT is nice and all but it’s hard to tell how many of them are actively playing. The Cursed Sails update is the first one that really brings the game away from PvP running over everything thanks to the Alliance system (which minority PvPers of course are whining about it being too OP because it turns SoT into a PvE game) and the skeleton ships are fun as hell to fight against. Hopefully that patch will help serve to retain players and bring more in without them getting scared off by some morons blasting them to bits within their first hour of gameplay.

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Jack Pipsam

Unless they mean the mobile version of PUBG? I doubt the Xbox version would impact them that much.

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Steely Bob

PUBG took a huge hit in population over the last few months and is basically a dying game in the face of fortnight.

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Venomlicious

I would think that the numbers are falling because even the fanboys over on steam see that early access on every new title means 10 hours played and into the steam EA graveyard. Every game they offer is pretty much EA with a full blown Cash Shop and Sub from Korea. They release games knowing full well that they will never make it out of EA but charge full price and 30 dollar cosmetics.

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Armsbend

With the overt disdain Valve has had over the years I’ll enjoy watching them sufer – albeit a seemingly small amount for now.

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Bruno Brito

If they get the damn point and start working on their games better, i’m happy.

I won’t hold my breath tho.

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Armsbend

I meant to say “disdain has had for their customers” and I spelled suffer wrong.

I won’t suffer my own bad English!

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Jack Pipsam

I’m finding myself using Steam a lot less over time.

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xpsync

Steam turned into the facebook of gaming, i’ve never run a game through it if i have the option not too. I don’t hate steam or anything, just for me it’s why load this if i want to play that.

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Fervor Bliss

I think Steam = Myspace more but your point is correct. Just a place where most people do not want to be anymore.

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Slaasher

Heresy!!