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Welcome to the final State of the Game covering the year of 2017! By all accounts this has been a stellar year for games on Steam but, unfortunately, the last week of releases is anything but. With many gamers either spending time with families or catching up on titles they missed during the year it’s never a great time for new releases. Still, some brave developers take the plunge with 119 games being released on Steam during this week. There’s really no comparison to last week thanks to PUBG’s 1.0 release so let’s take a look at this week’s top release.

SCP: Secret Laboratory managed to attract a rather respectable audience and take out this week’s top slot by a wide margin. For comparison games that released around the same time last year didn’t manage to break past 100 concurrent users so a game reaching 4 times that is certainly out of the ordinary. However, there’s every chance that should have it released say a few weeks later it wouldn’t have done that much better. It has however managed to increase its concurrent players by 50% since its initial release however so maybe the release date didn’t matter that much after all.

The trending section is a little more interesting this week. Heaven Island Life managed to attract a whopping 35 times more players than it usually does thanks entirely to a free key giveaway. Strangely the game also went on sale during that time as well for 50% off although I’d hazard a guess that most of the players there didn’t pay for their copy. We Were Here got a nice boost thanks to YouTuber SovietWomble featuring it in one his bullshittery videos. It’s not the first time he’s given a bump to a smaller game either with his Golf It! video also giving the game a noticeable boost in players. Interestingly he didn’t have any impact on Far Cry 3 although I’d hazard a guess that says more about the game than anything else.


David Klemke

State of the Game

David is the writer of the "State of the Game" series - a weekly look at the statistic behind the most popular games being played.