Critical acclaim and revenue are, of course, very important indicators of the success of gaming projects, but no less, and in fact, perhaps more important, is the number of players who have launched the game, including the number of simultaneous online players. Fortunately, some tools, such as SteamDB, allow you to capture these numbers.

The year 2023 is coming to an end, and we can see which games released this year have really interested players on Steam. And yes, we understand that for some projects, such as Starfield, which is available for free on Game Pass on PC and consoles, this is not very relevant data, but unfortunately, we do not have other data on this game from independent sources. According to Microsoft, 1 million players tried the game on the day of release, in 2 days – 6 million, but this is not the number of simultaneous players, so we cannot compare directly with Steam. In addition, keep in mind that some games, such as new Sony or Ubisoft titles, were not released on Steam at all in 2023.

Top 10 games of 2023 on Steam by the number of simultaneous players
1. Counter-Strike 2 – 1 818 773
2. Hogwarts Legacy – 879 308
3. Baldur’s Gate 3 – 875 343
4. Starfield – 330 723
5. Resident Evil 4 – 168 191
6. Armored Core VI Fires of Rubicon – 156 171
7. Remnant II – 110 856
8. Cities: Skylines II – 104 697
9. Dave the Diver – 98 480
10. Football Manager 2024 – 86 385

In fact, there are only 6 weeks and one major release left until the end of 2023. We’re talking about Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, which has already gone gold and is due out on December 7, 2023. Unfortunately, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, as well as Assassin’s Creed Mirage and The Crew Motorfest are not available on Steam, and Ubisoft does not publish data on simultaneous players, so it is impossible to compare them. Well, then, it looks like this is indeed the final Top 10 most popular games of 2023 release on Steam by number of players.