Baldur's Gate 3 Defeats Apex Legends to Claim a Spot in Steam's All-Time Top 10

  • Greg Burn

The digital entertainment landscape witnessed a major shuffle recently as the long-anticipated epic, 'Baldur's Gate 3,' surges into Steam's top 10 all-time peak games. Pulling in an impressive 712,281 concurrent players on August 5th, 2023, the game has proven its mettle and reshaped the charts despite its recent launch.

Here's a fascinating fact: this colossal number slots Baldur's Gate 3 comfortably into the 9th position, nudging aside popular free-to-play battle royale Apex Legends, with its peak of 624k players. Bearing witness to the extraordinary popularity of Baldur's Gate, the top 10 leaderboard now requires a towering threshold of over 700,000 players at its peak.

However, Apex Legends didn't exactly bow out in defeat. Despite being bumped to the 11th spot, the fan-favorite battle royale shooter boasts a commendable player base, solidifying its presence in the gaming world. Remember, Apex Legends is a different breed of game, so it's highly unlikely Baldur's Gate will match its consistent player base a year from now, a testament to its enduring popularity.

Looking back, Baldur's Gate 3 crossed 500,000 players just a day before, and it was on the cusp of 600k the same day. Yet, the weekend brought in an extra hundred thousand or so players, a testament to the allure of weekends for gamers to dive into new experiences. The question is, will Baldur's Gate 3 continue this stellar performance?

Reflecting on Elden Ring, another big name, it hit a record 953k peak concurrent player count a weekend post-launch. Therefore, with word-of-mouth publicity and positive reviews, Baldur's Gate 3 may indeed rise higher. With its narratives already creating a buzz, coupled with the backing of Larian CEO Swen Vincke's commitment, the best is yet to come in this 20-year sequel of one of PC gaming's legendary franchises. Watch this space!