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Valve leaks Steam game player counts; Valve plugged the hole, but important data has already escaped

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A recently discovered hole in Valve's API allowed observers to generate extremely precise and publicly accessible data for the total number of players for thousands of Steam games. While Valve has now closed this inadvertent data leak, Ars can still provide the data it revealed as a historical record of the aggregate popularity of a large portion of the Steam library.


Complete article.

The following table represents a small selection of the top games with Achievements on Steam, as ranked by number of total unique players. Please see the description on the previous page for important caveats about usage of this data, and download this CSV file for player data from over 13,000 Steam games.

It's a really long list of course so checkout the full article for a longer list or this CSV file.

Title Player Estimate Steam App ID
Team Fortress 2 50,191,347 440
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive 46,305,966 730
PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS 36,604,134 578080
Unturned 27,381,399 304930
Left 4 Dead 2 23,143,723 550
PAYDAY 2 18,643,807 218620
Garry's Mod 18,576,379 4000
Warframe 16,332,217 230410
Counter-Strike: Source 15,001,876 240
Paladins 14,371,946 444090
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 13,235,488 72850
Terraria 13,132,545 105600
Portal 2 13,062,700 620
Sid Meier's Civilization V 12,701,498 8930
Grand Theft Auto V 12,604,123 271590
Borderlands 2 11,218,936 49520
Robocraft 10,145,493 301520
Rocket League 10,110,342 252950
Portal 9,971,481 400
War Thunder 9,536,732 236390
Rust 9,147,240 252490
ARK: Survival Evolved 9,103,947 346110
Half-Life 2 8,877,286 220
Brawlhalla 8,646,824 291550
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare 8,260,157 219640
Trove 7,700,319 304050
Path of Exile 7,634,137 238960
Killing Floor 7,395,545 1250
The Binding of Isaac 7,172,818 113200
No More Room in Hell 7,144,320 224260
Alien Swarm 6,667,813 630
Warface 6,656,284 291480
Fallout 4 6,601,188 377160
Arma 3 6,404,450 107410
Cities: Skylines 6,132,366 255710
Insurgency 6,007,744 222880
Euro Truck Simulator 2 5,982,548 227300
APB Reloaded 5,874,946 113400
Age of Empires II HD 5,824,316 221380
Dirty Bomb 5,760,753 333930
Dead by Daylight 5,757,369 381210
SMITE 5,751,466 386360
Castle Crashers 5,555,066 204360
The Forest 5,552,274 242760
Tomb Raider 5,495,033 203160
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 5,479,626 292030
Wallpaper Engine 5,279,723 431960
Saints Row IV 5,275,914 206420
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 5,267,226 10180
Spiral Knights 5,226,655 99900






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