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Destiny 2 Had a Peak of Over 200k Concurrent Players During its First Day on Steam

Bungie's Loot Shooter is Currently in a Battle with PUBG for the #3 Spot on Steam

October 2, 2019 by

With Bungie and Activision officially parting ways, yesterday marked Destiny 2′s first day on Steam after leaving the Blizzard launcher.

Now free-to-play on Steam with a brand new $34.99 “Shadowkeep” expansion, Destiny 2 peaked with 219k concurrent players on Tuesday.

That number might have been even higher if not for technical issues that prevented many users from logging in and Bungie taking the game down for “emergency maintenance.

However, with Mostly Positive reviews right now on Steam, it doesn’t seem like said issues being fixed tomorrow will have a drastic impact on the player counts.

Destiny 2′s player count hitting 200k was enough to help the game rank in as the #3 most played game on Steam for a couple hours yesterday. But D2′s numbers were far behind yesterday’s peaks for Steam’s top 3 games: Dota 2 (606k players), CS:GO (605k players), and PUBG (566k players).

Destiny‘s biggest competition over the years has been the growing popularity of Warframe — a similar free-to-play loot shooter — which is still in Steam’s top 10 averaging around 50k concurrent players and peaking at 132k players back in November 2018.

Yesterday also marked the first time we’ve ever been able to see Destiny’s actual player counts. So, it’ll be interesting to see if Destiny 2 is able to grow any more to compete with PUBG or if its player base will decline closer to Warframe‘s numbers.