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Published on March 19, 2014 By Draginol In PC Gaming

Ever wonder how popular a given game really is?

How many times have you read on a forum about how some game is way more popular than some other game.  Is there a reasonable objective way to tell? Actually, yes.

Here are some Stardock games:



GalCiv II:

There are a lot of metrics you can come up with to tell how popular a game really is. My personal favorite is to look at the “all” option for the active players graph and take a look at it.  What is, roughly, its typical player base.

Here’s FE: Legendary Heroes:


Now, eyballing it, I would guestimate it’s steady state user base is about…900 players at once.


Here’s the same graph but for Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion:


I’d guess that it’s average userbase is about 1400 players at once.

Anyway, have fun!

Comments (Page 2)
on Mar 20, 2014


Quoting EvilMaxWar, reply 7
MOBAs brings the worst out of gamers. But still, the Dota 2 numbers are quite... impressive.

What else is impressive is that Banished, that little city building game made by a single dude is in the Steam top 25


FG's compete well with MOBAs in this regard- just ask Sanford Kelly's stick.

You mean fighting games? Never been much into those. 

I have played lots of StarCraft II and Unreal tournament at pretty high level and while you had a toxic player here and there, it was always very civil compared to the continuous torrent of vileness I experimented while playing lol.


on Mar 20, 2014

I don't think this tells the whole story. I would imagine most players play LH with steam in offline mode so the steamcharts wouldn't track that...


on Mar 20, 2014

Same could be said for Sins SP...looking at my friends list, none of the sins SP people I know have played it in months...yet, they claim to still play, so maybe they are just doing it offline...