Valheim might well be Steam’s biggest-ever viral hit
Boasting over 367,000 concurrent gamers today, and rapidly rising, viking survival game Valheim looks to be the fastest-growing viral hit ever on Steam. That indicates in simply 12 days Valheim has achieved a gamer count that would put numerous other enormous, hit games to shame. Compared to same-genre hits like Rust, which has actually never reached an equivalent point, or the likewise viral fight royale Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, which took just over three months in 2017 to reach more than 350,000 players, later peaking at almost 3,000,000. If the pattern continues, Valheim could easily be the biggest all-time viral hit on Steam, having currently cracked into the top 10 last weekend.
It’s not even driven by enormous buzz from huge Twitch banners, as is frequently the case with hits like this. Check out this chart from SteamDB, which reveals stable growth in viewership that flattens out instead of the kinds of enormous spikes of viewership over gamer count that declare a wave of popularity from that kind of exposure. People are playing, not just watching, Valheim.
Its large player count puts Valheim behind just Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive on the list of most-played Steam games right now. Here on February 14th it’s a mere 12,000 players behind World of Warships for an area in the leading 10 all-time record holders for games on Steam. The only other similar game in that list is survival and crafting RPG Terraria.
That kind of growth in simply 2 weeks is a stark contrast from big, $60 video games from publishers with huge marketing budgets, which tend to debut at big gamer counts however quickly trickle off to much more sensible numbers. Valheim has rather begun as a $20 game and soared into success. Even the meteoric increase of Among United States in 2015 took a month and a half to grow from 5,000 to 370,000 gamers. (Among United States, it should be kept in mind, has a huge mobile audience not tracked on Steam.).
Iron Gate AB has clearly struck a nerve with Valheim, taking advantage of something that individuals either truly want or really believe they want. FOMO might explain a little dive past the hundred-thousand or so mark, however something about a mix of Valheim’s gameplay and cost have actually made the Early Gain access to video game shoot towards the stars.