Most played games on Steam 2019, by average players per hour

First released in July 2013, DOTA 2 was the most popular game on the PC gaming platform Steam during 2019. The online battle arena game averaged over 477 thousand players per hour, 70 thousand average players more than its closest competitor, Counter Strike: Global Offensive.

PUBG’s rise to the top

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) topped the Steam chart for the peak number of concurrent players on the online gaming platform in 2019. The game reached over one million concurrent players at its peak in 2019 – DOTA 2 came in second place and was the only other game on Steam to break the one million peak concurrent player mark. The popularity of PUBG can be seen in the fact that cumulative unit sales of the game reached 50 million in June 2018, just over a year after its original release. The game has been both a critical and commercial success – it scooped the Best Multiplayer Game award at The Game Awards in 2017 and has generated millions of U.S. dollars worldwide, achieving the most success in the United States.

Steam undisputed number one

When you think of PC gaming, you automatically think of Steam. The platform, developed by Valve Corporation, had humble beginnings as a digital distribution platform for Valve to provide updates for its games. Fast forward a few years and Steam released over eight thousand games in 2019 alone and is showing no signs of slowing down. In 2020, the peak concurrent player count on the platform topped 20 million for the first time, a significant increase from six million in 2012. It seems that while Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft battle it out for console supremacy, Steam remains the undisputed king of PC gaming.

Most played games on Steam in 2019, by hourly average number of players

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Release date

February 2020



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Special properties

average number of players per hour

Supplementary notes

Figures have been rounded.

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