10 most played games on Steam right now

Valve’s Steam platform is now the largest PC gaming hub in the world. It has not only accounted for the majority of digital PC game sales over the past few years, but it is also the biggest unified platform for PC gaming on earth.

These were yesterday’s most played games on Steam, making them arguably the most played PC games in the world, bar a few important exceptions that are not on Steam, such as League of Legends, Minecraft, StarCraft II, World of Warcraft, Diablo III, and Battlefield 3.

1. Dota 2 – 68,796 Peak total players

“Let’s wait for someone.”

The sequel to the popular Warcraft III mod, Dota 2 is still currently in development by Valve, and is currently in beta. Despite the fact that is only scheduled for full release later this year, the free-to-play arena action-RPG is the most played game on Steam.

2. Football Manager 2012 – 58,202 Peak total players

Football Manager 2012

Football Manager 2012

Yea, we did not see that coming either. Never under-estimate how many soccer fans there are in Europe and the UK, and more importantly, how many of them play PC games.

3. Team Fortress 257,291 Peak total players

Team Fortress 2

Team Fortress 2

Another free-to-play title from Valve, Team Fortress 2 has in recent years achieved near cult status, with its infectious humour, fast paced gameplay, and unique visual style. Originally released in 2007 as part of the Orange Box, you can now enjoy one of the world’s most popular online shooters for free.

4. Counter-Strike 53,809 Peak total players



Come here, I’ll tell you a secret. I don’t really understand the difference between Counter-Strike and Counter-Strike: Source. I know that makes me a noob, and I probably should not be allowed to post in the MyGaming forums, let alone write articles for the front page. But it’s the truth. Anyway, over 53,000 people played Counter-Strike yesterday, making it the fourth most played game on Steam.

5. Counter-Strike: Source 47,661 Peak total players

Counter-Strike Source

Counter-Strike Source

And that brings us to Counter-Strike: Source. If you combine CS:Source and regular CS, you have by far Steam’s most popular game.

6. Sid Meier’s Civilization V36,928 Peak total players

Civilization V

I wouldn’t have pegged the fifth iteration of the iconic Civilization series as one of the most played games on steam, but there it is. Released on 2010, it received generally favourable reviews, but at the same time it was criticized by the established Civ fan base.

7. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim36,283 Peak total players

The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim

This one comes as no surprise. One 2011’s most anticipated and celebrated releases, the PC version is particularly special thanks to the plethora of user-created mods available in the Steam Workshop. The Workshop also makes browsing and installing mods easier than ever.

8. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 35,110 Peak total players

Modern Warfare 3

Modern Warfare 3

Activision’s FPS monster comes in surprisingly low. Are PC gamers finally putting their money where their mouths are?

9. Left 4 Dead 215,961 Peak total players

Left 4 Dead 2

Left 4 Dead 2

The third Valve title to make the list, Left 4 Dead 2 is without a doubt the ultimate co-op zombie FPS.

10. Terraria15,109 Peak total players



One of my favourite games released in 2011, Terraria can be described as what Minecraft could have been, had it been developed as a side-scroller.

So there we have it. Those are the most played games on Steam right now – how many do you own? Which games are you playing right now? Let us know in the comments below and on the MyGaming forum.

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  • Glordit

    I got a Beta invite for DoTA 2, tried it and couldn’t come to like it, I blame LoL 🙂

  • ArchieChoke

    Still enjoing dota a hell of alot so i understand the numbers.
    Also about 4 guys in the clan got keys so its sounding like they are getting closer to finally releasing.

  • DarthMol

    It definitely takes getting used to after playing LoL for a while. I think I’ll land up playing both since there are things I enjoy about each one.

  • Duncan Ewan

    If someone could just teach me how to play Sid Meier’s Civilization V then the peak number would go up by one.

  • Pannekoek

    Is anyone playing Dota on EU having 190ms and wondering sometimes that it is not playable or is that just me ? I find that sometimes the skills can be unresponsive in times that i need them most, tower dives, ganks ect. Any thought on the matter would be appreciated.

  • JohanduPreez

    I play Dota 2 on the EU server with 180-200ms latency and as smooth as can be. I jhardly notice the delay and very much playable.

  • JohanduPreez

    yeh I have the same problem i got it last week but no one to play with? If you want add me on Steam then we can jam a bit 🙂

    Steam Nick is GoofySmurf

  • TehBrad

    I tried a little bit of Dota 2… meh. I also can’t get into it and not because of LoL. Not played that either. Just… something about it that isn’t grabbing me. I used to play quite a bit of the original one.

    I see after the sale a few friends are playing Civ V. The sale has muddled the play times of games a little I think. Though I’ve constantly got 3-4 friends jamming Dota 2.

  • Pannekoek

    Thanks very much for the reply

  • Yeah, I play on EU and it’s mostly okay. However, I do think there are some issues related to beta, such as there maybe not being a lot of server instances.

    Sometimes during busy periods, I wind up playing with a lot of Russians and those games always seem laggy compared to games with predominantly English speaking players from western European countries.

  • It’s pretty easy if you ask me; the built in tutorial does a good job 🙂 Just play it on the easiest setting a few times to learn the ropes.

  • Check out the MyGaming forum to find some local players; we’ve been listing our profile names: http://mygaming.co.za/forum/showthread.php/3706-MyGaming-Steam-Community

    I’d love to see a bit of a resurgence of local players on L4D2 – such a fun game.

  • Pew

    Dota2 has a very LoL feel to it, kinda like a LoL-ified version of the original DotA. It definitely improves on the original graphically but also that LoL feel kills the intensity of the original and makes it more streamlined without the nitty gritty.

    I also have to say that Dota2 is definitely more skill dependant than LoL. You can’t just choose a hero and instantly dominate without any knowledge of items or skills just because that hero itself is so ridiculously strong. Granted there are some heroes that are lank strong, like riki and lycan, (except lack of knowledge ends you) but LoL is sickeningly so (which is why you’re pretty much guaranteed to see the same heroes all the time and why people often stick with a small set of hero picks). It’s also the reason I stopped playing LoL. Seeing the same heroes over and over again really ruins the game.

    And is it just me or are people raging more and more and dropping out of games more and more too? It happened all the time while I played LoL and the same thing is now happening in Dota2. One death, instant rage, player gone.

  • The Rich

    My friends here in Cape Town who are playing Dota 2 have so far only said that it’s “very playable” they say the latency is barely noticeable. I wonder if maybe there’s some kind of weird issue with your conn perhaps? Anyway hopefully this helps somehow. Have an excellent weekend!

  • The Rich

    A mate just organized a Dota 2 key for me, but I must say I’m having the same reservations you are now experiencing as fact. Is it true that couriers are automatically shared with the team? This seems like a ludicrous mechanic if you ask me and it would really put me off.

  • Duncan Ewan

    I make no promises to try this weekend 😀

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