Modern Warfare 2: The Numbers

By Published November 10, 2009 at 11:49 am

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

Current Players Peak Game
69,530 89,526 Counter-Strike: Source
59,071 70,652 Counter-Strike
33,271 33,271 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 SP
19,969 19,969 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 MP

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~Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke

Last modified on November 10, 2009 at 11:49 am
Steve Burke

Steve started GamersNexus back when it was just a cool name, and now it's grown into an expansive website with an overwhelming amount of features. He recalls his first difficult decision with GN's direction: "I didn't know whether or not I wanted 'Gamers' to have a possessive apostrophe -- I mean, grammatically it should, but I didn't like it in the name. It was ugly. I also had people who were typing apostrophes into the address bar - sigh. It made sense to just leave it as 'Gamers.'"

First world problems, Steve. First world problems.

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