Survival game Rust has seen a recent surge of attention, as large Twitch streamers have turned to it. But it wasn't just on Twitch that this interest was felt as, a few days ago, the title reached a new all-time player count record on Steam.
In 2020, the Rust Steam player count peaked at numbers between 76,000 and 120,000. While not quite high enough to propel it at the top of the list, they clearly show that there's a more than decent amount of players enjoying the title's admittedly rough world.
They were blown out of the water when Rust reached its newest player count record of 245,243 concurrent users a few days ago, as reported by Steam Database. The website also points out that, earlier in January, the game reached a Twitch peak of 1,374,269 concurrent viewers.
Exposing your audience to a new game – especially if it has tons of potential for all manners of shenanigans – has proven to be beneficial for some titles and Rust is obviously one of them.
At the moment, it earned itself a cozy 2nd place on Steam's Top Sellers list, blasting past Cyberpunk 2077. It's only surpassed by Everspace 2, a game that recently launched in Early Access. Whether or not these new players will be in it for the long run remains to be seen.
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