More Steam users are still playing Farming Simulator 22 over Battlefield 2042

Over the last few days, sites like Play Rant, as we first saw these statistics, have kept an eye on how Steam users spend their time comparing two different but new titles from the month of November. One is a humble farming sim, while the other is a blockbuster multiplayer shooter. Which one would you guess that more players on the platform just a few weeks after launch? From kl. 18.30 on November 30, Farming Simulator 22 beat Battlefield 2042 at simultaneous Steam users. That’s a bit of a surprise, right?

In the image above (captured from Steam’s own data, you can see here), the numbers on the left represent current active players for each game, while the numbers on the right are the total number of players for the day. At the time of this snapshot, Farming Simulator 22 had over 3,000 more current players than Battlefield 2042.

But the time of day matters when this data is collected. Small 45 minutes later, at 19.15, the tables were turned in favor of Battlefield with 27,685 active players compared to the 26,782 playing Farming Simulator, which you can see below.

The number of active players will jump around during the day, but the important numbers to take away from this are the total daily numbers, which show almost double the daily users focused on agriculture versus those participating in virtual war, respectively 79,410 mod 34,599. That’s a big difference in mindshare for Steam users this week.

Now, there are a number of factors to consider when looking at these numbers. First, we do not see the whole picture. Battlefield on PC is available in other storefronts like Origin and will not be included in these stats and it does not cater to console gamers at all. Second, we look at the numbers late on a Tuesday afternoon / early evening. Not exactly the red-hot hours for games. Although we can take into account Play Rant’s data from this weekend, which had Farm Sim with 30,000 more active players. And third, while it may not be a big factor, Farming Simulator is the newer game released a full three days after Battlefield, though a little longer if you consider 2042’s early access period.

Whether these numbers are worrying or not is entirely up to EA and Dice, those who can see the whole picture. But the perception is what it is when the public can see if a big, exciting AAA release seems to be less popular than planting crops.

If you want to know more about Battlefield 2042, we have a review you can read right here from our very own Alex Van Aken.

What are you playing right now? Are you one of the many Farm Sim fans, or are you teaming up in Battlefield? Is your Steam time heading towards something completely different like Inscryption? Tell us in the comments below!

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