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Palworld Becomes the 7th Game Ever to Reach 1 Million Concurrent Players on Steam

The New “Pokémon with Guns” Game is Having a Very Rare Record-Breaking Launch Week

January 21, 2024 by

With Pokémon being the highest grossing franchise of all-time, it’s no surprise that a new IP mixing the beloved formula with guns, multiplayer, and other survival elements would be a smash hit.

But reaching over 1 million players in its first couple days on Steam is something even the developers of Palworld (Pocketpair) weren’t expecting when they released the new game in early access earlier this week and their servers started melting.

Debuting with half a million players on Friday, Palworld’s player count on Steam keeps going up – hitting a new record-breaking peak of 1,001,597 players towards the end of Saturday.

Palworld is now one of only seven games that have seen over 1 million concurrent players on Steam – the others include: PUBG (3.2 mil), Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (1.8 mil), Counter-Strike 2 (1.4 mil), Lost Ark (1.3 mil), Dota 2 (1.2 mil), and Cyberpunk 2077 (1 mil).

What’s even more impressive about Palworld’s early access debut for $26.99 on Steam is that the game also launched for free on Xbox Game Pass and that still didn’t stop the new IP from smashing records and jumping to the top of Steam.