Final Fantasy XIV breaks its Steam concurrency record

The metric no one watches that closely went higher!

    
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Odds are pretty good that even if you’re a Final Fantasy XIV fan, you don’t devote a whole lot of your brainmeat to the game’s Steam concurrency record, since the game exists off of Steam first and foremost. Still, it is interesting to note that the game surpassed its previous concurrency record of 41,000 players by a notable amount, getting up to 48,000 according to Steam Charts tracking concurrency records. It’s doing pretty well for itself, in other words.

What led to the spike during a time period that is otherwise something of a lull for the game? One possible reason is a popular World of Warcraft streamer trying out the game for the first time, although it’s difficult to be certain. Ultimately, Steam player numbers seem to represent at best a small fraction of the game’s players, but the numbers there are definitely increasing, so if you need more indication that this particular game is still turning heads… well, there it is.

Source: Steam Charts via VG24/7
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SmiteDoctor

I’m sure Asmongold caused the recent bump, surprisingly he’s shown respect and dignity toward the game (for him anyway), unfortunately a ton of his fans are toxic POSs.

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teppic

He encourages them though, like calling female characters bitches all the time, making jokes about gay/trans people, etc. While he’s clever enough to stay within ToS his fans certainly aren’t.

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Vincent Clark

I’m glad the game is getting more visibility.

Couldn’t care less about Asmongold or his toxic viewers.

If you want an authentic WoW veteran trying out FFXIV for the first time, I highly suggest Quazii on youtube. Great stuff.

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Rndomuser

This record is for obvious reason – Asmongold’s own fanbase. When he just started streaming FFXIV, there were 100’s of them who created new trial accounts (as well as bored lvl80 players who are also a part of his community who reactivated their accounts to follow him around), he couldn’t even use the lift to get to Limsa’s plaza from new character’s instanced area due to Limsa’s plaza being overloaded with players who either created accounts on same server or used a visit server option (there are plenty of FFXIV players with high level characters who are also a part of his fanbase). Thankfully their amount has decreased now, but he still has many players following him in every zone. And such behavior is unique to his own community – I have seen CohhCarnage also starting new character recently, he does have 10x less viewers but he doesn’t have anyone following him everywhere during whole stream simply because Cohh doesn’t want such type of community for himself. Whereas Asmongold created such community (needy players following him everywhere) even back in WoW, where a lot of players were constantly following him there and giving him gold and other items, because he simply enjoys that kind of attention.

Anyway, I hope Asmon will get bored soon and leave FFXIV, which should also hopefully encourage his fanbase to leave the server (most of whom are not interested in enjoying the game itself but are playing just to follow him everywhere, this includes bored lvl80 players who log into game just to follow him around and log off the moment he does). The new people who actually play this game to enjoy it and not because they want to follow him around or because they want to annoy other players – I don’t mind seeing them keep playing the game.

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jealouspirate

The toxic behavior was certainly not limited to Asmongold’s fans. A lot of FFXIV players who hate Asmongold were openly encouraging people to grief him so he’d be miserable and quit the game.

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Danny Smith

Ironically Asmongold behaving perfectly politely and playing the game normally highlighted a bunch of asshole FFXIV players the rest of us quickly blacklisted. “Its not harassment if i think i’m right” is just about the laziest excuse to be a dickhead on the internet.

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Rndomuser

Ironically Asmongold behaving perfectly politely and playing the game normally

He did, unfortunately his fanbase did not. The type of fanbase he created himself. Like I said, go take a look at Cohh’s streams, nobody bothered to follow him around while spamming spell effects or annoying music or spamming mount summons, because that’s not the type of fanbase Cohh ever wanted, which he clearly showed through his behavior in all streams in every game he played and through strict chat moderation. This is why I wrote it in the last paragraph that I hope Asmon gets bored and leave FFXIV, which in turn should make his fanbase do the same.

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Rndomuser

A lot of FFXIV players who hate Asmongold were openly encouraging people to grief him so he’d be miserable and quit the game.

That’s not true. There was a screenshot of single Tweet of specific person who was encouraging other players to report Asmon if he did something bad in game, but this is certainly not “a lot of FFXIV players who hate Asmongold were openly encouraging people to grief him”. Unless, of course, you have a reliable data to back this up.

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jealouspirate

Just browse through the FFXIV reddit and there are lots of examples, “He’s not welcome here”, etc. Not to mention when you have a bunch of max level, raid geared FFXIV players griefing him, people who have clearly spent hundreds of hours playing, you can’t just say “well, those people aren’t real fans of the game”.

I don’t think CohhCarnage is a relevant comparison. 100k views vs 2.7 million… and Asmon is a much more controversial figure who draws a lot of haters.

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Rndomuser

Just browse through the FFXIV reddit and there are lots of examples, “He’s not welcome here”

I did read those posts, including in Asmon’s own subreddit, that still doesn’t mean there is “a lot of FFXIV players who hate Asmon”, not to mention all of those posts could be made by people of his own fanbase who likes to troll him in all games he played, including WoW and his own Twitch chat.

I don’t think CohhCarnage is a relevant comparison.

He absolutely is. Cohh’s FFXIV stream had a peak of 20k viewers, even then not a single degenerate was following him around trying to be disruptive to him and to other players. Asmon has had 100’s of people following him, and same was true even when he had same amount of viewers that Cohh did during his WoW streams, simply because he enjoyed this kind of attention from his fanbase and he never discouraged those kind of players when he played WoW and other games before FFXIV.

Here is a better example: there is another streamer, “Richwcampbell”, he has much less active viewers than Cohh yet he still has a lot of needy tryhards following him in FFXIV everywhere and spamming music/spells/emotes ever since he started streaming it very recently. He is not an Asmon, but he is just another example of “a streamer will have disruptive fanbase following them in game only if streamer himself/herself wants it, regardless of number of viewers”. I don’t know why this fact is so hard to understand for some people.

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jealouspirate

I don’t know why this fact is so hard to understand for some people.

Nor do I understand why some people can’t seem to understand that the FFXIV community can have toxic griefers just like any other game.

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Hurbster

It’s because some people can’t believe that toxic arseholes like the people stream-sniping Asmon could possibly come from FF14…

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Godnaz

comment image and that’s exactly what veteran FFXIV players who don’t like him tried to do. I’m not a fan of him but his playerbase has so far done nothing to the community except add a few more moments of queue time to whatever zone he’s in. I agree with others here that he’s been fair to the game and the Cactaur community he’s playing with.

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_a4

I hope he likes FF14 so much he abandons WoW.

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teppic

It was already rising long before asmongold started streaming it (which is obviously for the money, he made tens of thousands from subs in one day). Once the viewers/subs drop back to regular WoW levels he’ll quit the game for sure.

I do think his streaming and the Steam sale combined have given a bit of a bump, but the numbers have been rising for 2 years.

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Toy Clown

I’ve been watching the Asmongold drama(?) with a popcorn mentality and while I think it’s attracted a lot of player base in the last week, prior to that a lot of WoW players were moving over anyway. The last expansion of WoW was a disaster and they had a mass exodus of the dev team. FFXIV, in terms of gameplay, is the closest to WoW on the market. It’s not surprising that FFXIV is getting a huge convert from that sector.

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Sarah Cushaway

I think he gave it a bump for sure, but people were leaving WoW in droves long before Asmondgold announced he’d try FFXIV. SL is an -awful- expac, even worse than BFA or WOD. Two crap expacs in a row is bad, bad news for an old game like WoW.

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T

Well, being able to buy the base game and current DLC for only about $25 probably helped with that too….

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teppic

It’s been going up for a while, so I doubt asmongold is the main reason (and a lot of other big streamers have also started playing recently too).

It’s interesting to see the figures go up so much this late into an expansion. Most MMOs drop off considerably and stay low until the next.

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kelathos .

Nothing typical about the #1 MMO.

FF14 is riding a wave of well deserved euphoria.