LOST ARK signs a colossal launch on Steam
Last year, Amazon Games had already signed the biggest launch of the year with New World and its peak of 913,634 simultaneous players, which remains the 6th largest gathering ever recorded on the valve platform. Who would have thought that this performance would be beaten a few months later? Already available in Korea, Russia and Japan, Lost Ark has seen its flattering reputation precede it: for its launch in Europe, North America, Latin America and Oceania, the free MMO Smilegate RPG has signed a peak of 1,325 305 Players connected simultaneously this weekend, which allows him to break the records of titles like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (1,308,963), Dota 2 (1,295 114) and CyberPunk 2077 (1,054,388). In fact, only one game in the Story of Steam did better than Lost Ark, it is pubg, untouchable at the time of the explosion of the phenomenon of Royal Battle (3,257,248 players simultaneous in January 2018).
If the free-to-play of Lost ARK contributed to this performance, remember that the Smilegate game had already gathered more than 500,000 players simultaneously even before its official release as part of the early access reserved for the owners of a Paying Founding Pack. In fact, Lost Ark occupies half of the top 10 items that reported the most money on Steam for the week of February 7th. Lost Ark is also largely at the top of the games most watched on Twitch since last week.
We suspect, with such start, Amazon Games and Smilegate RPG face overloaded servers and considerable queues, not to mention maintenance, frustration that is in the process of bringing down assessments of Users (69% of the ratings are positive at the time of writing these lines). Sunday, an article was published on the official game site to announce the establishment of a new region of servers in Europe, but without advancing on an availability date.