Valve’s official stats have once again shown that Final Fantasy XIV is gaining traction, as the game has broken its record for concurrent players on Steam. At its peak, it saw 48,697 players beating its previous record of 41,200 when fans flocked to the game in 2019 for the launch of Shadowbringers. It’s worth mentioning that this number does not include players on PS4 and PS5.
Why the surge? It’s likely due to a popular World of Warcraft Twitch streamer Asmongold, who decided to play Final Fantasy XIV for himself and ending up with over 200,000 people watching at one point. The game’s servers then filled up with fans who wanted to meet him.
It seems this is becoming a trend for players of the World of Warcraft of community, as more players are leaving the game to join the realm of Final Fantasy XIV. Players are continually unhappy with WoW expansions and where Blizzard is taking the game.
“Many people have moved over to Final Fantasy from WoW, and I understand why,” Asmongold stated recently on a stream. “The truth is that WoW’s best release in the past 5 years has been a release that came out 15 years ago,” Asmongold said, referring to Blizzard’s release of WoW Classic.