The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt reaches 100,000 concurrent players on Steam, setting an all-time high record

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What you need to know

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt recently broke its all-time high record of concurrent players on Steam.
  • The record was broken again today as the game reached over 100,000 players on Steam.
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt originally released on May 19, 2015.

Recently, we reported that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt had broken its launch day records on Steam and had over 94,000 concurrent players on that platform alone. Those numbers just keep going up, as according to Steam Stats, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt reached over 100,000 concurrent players on Steam today.

Steam Stats on January 2, 2020

Source: Steam (Image credit: Source: Steam)

It seems likely the success of the new Netflix show has had an impact on the game's playerbase, with more newcomers checking out other works in the franchise and trying the game for the first time, or giving it another go. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt originally released back in May 2015 to critical acclaim and commercial success. Seeing it break records of concurrent players over four years later is noteworthy. It's also worth noting that this is only on Steam and does not count players on GOG (opens in new tab) or on consoles.

With this resurgence in mind, it'll be interesting to see what comes of the new deal between CD Projekt Red (the developers of the game) and Andrzej Sapkowski, the author of the series. According to a new statement, the two parties reached a new deal where both are happy and CD Projekt Red has gained "additional rights."

Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on Xbox and PC gaming on Windows Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert.

8 Comments
  • This game really deserves this resurregence.
  • How many players are on xbox game pass?
  • Unknown but I imagine it's a popular game on Game Pass right now.
  • And the fact that 2019 Steam winter sale had the game at $12 ($15 if bundled with Witcher 1 and 2) has nothing to do with that.
  • This is brilliant. I wonder how many millions have now played the game on Gamepass. The Witcher TV series has now overtaken Stranger Things and The Mandalorian as the biggest TV show in the world. It was utterly brilliant. Well done Netflix and CD Projekt Red.
  • Overtaken Stranger Things? Do you have any numbers on this? If I see Netflix air a Superbowl ad for The Witcher, then I may agree with you, but until then I can't say this is mainstream.
  • Of course not a problem at all. In the US Stranger Things is number 1 and The Witcher number 2. But globally The Witcher is far ahead. The Witcher winning 21 - 5 out if the 26 countries Netflix is available. https://comicbook.com/gaming/2020/01/01/the-witcher-more-popular-strange...
  • Wow, that's crazy. I'm hearing no one talk about this show other than gaming podcasts and sites (I haven't even seen it and I play the series of games). Maybe we will see a Superbowl ad after all.