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
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
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 2 – 57,291 Peak total players
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
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 V – 36,928 Peak total players
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: Skyrim – 36,283 Peak total players
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
Activision’s FPS monster comes in surprisingly low. Are PC gamers finally putting their money where their mouths are?
9. Left 4 Dead 2 – 15,961 Peak total players
The third Valve title to make the list, Left 4 Dead 2 is without a doubt the ultimate co-op zombie FPS.
10. Terraria – 15,109 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.