Animated chart shows the most-played Steam games over the last four years


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The animation's timeline begins on January 1, 2015, and ends on December 31, 2018. It originally appeared as a five-minute video on TheRankings’ YouTube channel, and has been turned into a minute-long gfycat gif by user TheKarmaFiend.

It might not come as a surprise to see DOTA 2 in the number one spot for much of the time, with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in second place. This was the case up until August 2017, at which point PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which arrived in Early Access during March that year, shot to the top spot.

Some other games that move around the top 15 over the years include older titles such as Team Fortress 2, GTA V, and Garry’s Mod. Rocket League, Warframe, and ARK: Survival Evolved have also proved continually popular since being released.

Former PC Gamer journalist turned game creator Tom Francis shared the chart on Twitter.

Interestingly, DOTA 2’s player numbers started increasing near the end of 2018, though PUBG stopped it from regaining the top spot. Looking at today’s player count, however, shows the MOBA is back in the number one position, with a peak of over one million players in the last 24 hours. PUBG’s most recent peak, meanwhile, is 855,382—could the likes of Apex Legends and Fortnite be eroding its player base?

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Uncle Al

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Awwwww heck, there are still a few of us that play GTA too! Some of these games can easily take years to play if you're old and have to fit play time in between our naps!
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Wow I never expected Warframe to be one that remained so steady on that list, just by seeing it there I want to see what has changed so far :)


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Heh...that animated chart should come with a seizure warning. I'm going to be cross-eyed for the next hour looking at that. :dizzy: