Sites like Gaming rantThese stats were first revealed by Steam. Since then, they have kept an eye on Steam’s users spending time and have been comparing two different titles, both new for November. Both are simple farming simulations, and the other is an epic multiplayer shooter. You would be surprised at how many people have been playing the platform in just weeks. As of 6:30 p.m. on November 30, Farming Simulator 22 was beating Battlefield 2042 in concurrent Steam users. This is a little surprising.
Above is an image that Steam has taken from its own data. The numbers at the left indicate active players, and those at the right the total players. As of the time of this snapshot, Farming Simulator 22 had over 3,000 more current players than Battlefield 2042.
When collecting data, however, it is important to consider the time of day. After only 45 minutes, Battlefield was able to turn the tables with 27685 active players. This compares to 26782 Farming Simulator players, which can be seen below.
Active player counts will jump around throughout the day, but the important numbers to take away from this are the total daily numbers which shows almost double the daily users focused on agriculture versus those partaking in virtual war, 79,410 vs. 34,599, respectively. This is a significant difference in mindshare between Steam users.
These numbers are complicated and there are many factors you need to take into consideration. The first is that we don’t see the entire picture. Battlefield PC is also available at Origin, which wouldn’t make it into these statistics. This doesn’t even account for console users. The second reason is that we are looking at data late in the afternoon or early evening. This is not the best time to play gaming. However, it is possible to factor in Game Rant data from this weekend which had Farm Sim with 30,000 more active players. The third factor is that Farming Simulator, although not an important one, released three days before Battlefield. It took however a lot longer considering 2042’s early acces period.
Whether these numbers are concerning or not is entirely up to EA and Dice, the ones who can see the whole picture. But perception is what it is when the public can see whether a big, exciting AAA release looks to be less popular than planting crops.
We have an Alex Van Aken review of Battlefield 2042 that you can find right here.
Which game are you currently playing? Do you prefer Farm Sim, or do you like to play in Battlefield with your friends? Are you spending your Steam time on something different like Inscryption or Farm Sim? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!
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