Whether you’re a follower of Twitch streamers or not, we can’t fault their abilities to draw a crowd. Even games that have drifted away from the spotlight after several years of remaining shelved; they too are capable of making a comeback thanks to a few superstar gamers. In this case, although at a fairly healthy position prior to the newfound light, Rust has escalated to the apex of Steam’s leaderboards.
The multiplayer survival hit by Facepunch Studios launched back in 2013 as an early access title. But, after five years of tweaking the core mechanics of the game, Rust became a fully-fleshed title which went on to host around 50,000 to 80,000 consecutive players. However, after Twitch users such as Pokimane, Shroud and Sodapoppin started promoting the game on a private server, the game quickly drew in close to a million viewers. Fast-forward a couple of weeks and we’re now looking at almost a quarter of a million simultaneous players.
But what about Cyberpunk 2077?
As we all know, Cyberpunk 2077 has suffered from a rather rocky launch since December. Although, even with its mediocre reception and false promises, it has still managed to sell rather well. With seven consecutive weeks at the top spot, it’s clear that fans were still willing to give CD Projekt Red a fighting chance. Today, however, Rust steals the crown on Steam and continues to harvest record-breaking figures.
As of today, Cyberpunk 2077 sits at fifth place on the charts, with Phasmophobia, Counter-Strike and Football Manager 2021 making up the top five. All that’s left to do now is keep a close eye on the board and count the number of weeks Rust wears the crown. Could we see the survival hit dethroned before February, or is this the beginning of a long and healthy rule atop the Steam leaderboards? Only time will tell.