Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2/Warzone 2 is currently dominating the Steam Charts in terms of concurrent and peak players. Warzone 2.0 was released less than 12 hours before writing this and has already reached 450K+ peak players. An important thing to note is that the Steam figures do not show the player base on PC, as the game is also available on Battle.net.
In terms of concurrent players, it is only behind Valve’s juggernauts in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2. At one point, Modern Warfare 2 became the most-played game on Steam in terms of concurrent players. However, its reign over Steam charts didn’t last long as CS: GO reclaimed the throne.
Modern Warfare 2 was released on October 28, and it instantly became the biggest COD launch on Valve’s platform, with over 245,000+ peak players. With the release of Warzone 2.0, the peak player count has doubled for MW2 and has seen a massive +35.18% gain in the player base. These are staggering numbers, especially given that the game has only just been released.
This is just the beginning, as we expect Warzone 2.0 to see a massive increase in player count in the coming days. The free-to-play factor will play an essential role in the potential success of the latest battle royale game.
Modern Warfare 2 has been a massive success for Activision, compared to Call of Duty: Vanguard’s poor financial performance. It took MWII only ten days to make $1 billion, becoming the fastest COD game to make $1 billion. This record was previously held by Black Ops 2 when it reached $1 billion in sales in only 15 days after its launch in 2012.
After Call of Duty: Vanguard’s performance from last year, Modern Warfare 2 + Warzone 2.0 represents a significant improvement. Microsoft must be rubbing its hands after looking at the success of MW2 and Warzone 2.0 – as they are about to acquire Activision Blizzard in a vast deal valued at close to $70 billion.