Digital distributor Steam is required to play Modern Warfare 2. Steam shows the top 75 games being played, ranked by player count, and the numbers look grim. The 6 year old FPS Counter-Strike: Source (which is online only) is beating out Modern Warfare 2's release day multiplayer numbers by 50,000 players. If you were to add the Singleplayer + Multiplayer numbers together, you still fall ~17,000 short. The message here is clear: PC gamers, especially those who enjoy the use of Steam, are spoiled by the ability to host and play on dedicated servers. Being a platform owned and maintained by Valve, many of the gamers using it have played Valve games, all of which have dedicated server support. Will the numbers sky-rocket in the next few days to surpass CSS and other old games, or will they stagnate and decrease rapidly after the first month of release? You decide, we'll see who wins out within the next month.
Top 75 games by current player count
|33,271||33,271||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 SP|
|19,969||19,969||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 MP|
Steam Rankings Page
~Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke