A quick look at the top 5 most played games on Steam

Top 5 most played games on Steam

One may wonder what games on Steam are widely played all over the world during the coronavirus pandemic.

By looking at tracking sites, one can see the true scale of Steam’s 20 million or so users: 16% of its total players concurrently play these five at a time.

Without further ado, here are the five most-played titles right now on Steam:

1. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO)

The current form of the classical first-person shooter (FPS) franchise, CS:GO is currently breaking records every single day.

When one considers the fact that it is actively played by professional and amateur players, it is not shocking at all why this game has withstood the test of time.

2. Dota 2

While it has seen better days in terms of its player count, Dota 2 is still one of the most played multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) titles in general.

Dota 2 has also gained mainstream recognition for its competitions and rich gaming history.


Yes, this is the official name of the game, and yes, it is all written in uppercase. And another yes: this is the game that helped the battle royale genre become mainstream.

Despite its numerous bugs, PUBG still stands as a testament to the popularity of the battle royale genre.

4. Grand Theft Auto V

While this game was originally an adventure of a gang member going through the ups and downs of the gangster’s career, this game has gained a second life as a role-playing game (RPG).

5. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

If you love tactical shooters and using different abilities to gain an advantage in close quarters combat, then Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is for you.

With entertaining streamers, a passionate community, and a burgeoning top-level scene, Siege is sure to catch the attention of its player base and beyond.


Honorable mention: Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord

This is a new game that has not been officially released in its final form; there is a reason why the Mount and Blade franchise is considered to be the father of the “early access” genre.

Yet, it seems that the hype surrounding the game remains strong as it maintains a strong placing at the top of the Steam charts, even barging into the top five from time to time.

Analyzing the results

Out of the six games mentioned, three (CS:GO, PUBG, and Siege) are widely considered by players to be among the shooter category.

It can be safely said that shooter titles transcend boundaries due to their appealing core mechanics, as well as the sheer fact that one sees a lot of action in these games.

Meanwhile, Dota 2 is one of the premier electronic sports and best multiplayer online battle arena titles. Considering that it has a very active competitive scene and it has a lot of vibrant communities, it is no surprise that it retains its top 2 spot.

GTA V, which is considered an adventure game, draws players to go into the game for the chance to roleplay different characters.

A quick search on FiveM, which is the primary mod server hub for the game, reveals why the game remains a popular staple on Steam. It has hundreds of servers filled with players who play different modes in GTA V.

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