For those of us who are visual learners (or heck, bar chart fanatics – and you know who you are), there’s an interesting animated gif that’s been making the rounds this past week. In it, the 15 most popular Steam games on any given day in the past five years are lined up along with the player count in a graph.
The video starts on January 1st, 2015 and runs through December 31st, 2018 as titles bounce up and down (and off) the list as the popularity of those games rise and fall. While there are the usual suspects present, including H1Z1, Warframe, Path of Exile, and ARK, some MMOs such as Atlas and MapleStory 2 make their way into the top 15 from time to time. Perhaps the most fascinating part is watching the rise of battle royale titles, including the moment when PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds finally toppled Dota 2 to reign at the top of the chart.
Check out the full rundown of the past four years over just five minutes in the video below, courtesy of YouTube channel The Rankings!