It may not be Half-Life 3, but Valve's new game Dota Underlords is off to a great start. Having ripped through Artifact's all-time concurrent player record in mere hours since launch, Dota Underlords currently has 179 thousand players.
Now, however, it's a whole another story and Dota Underlords' concurrent player record of 179,019 means it's far beyond anything Artifact could muster, especially knowing that its 24-hour peak was 153 players.
When it comes to in-house competition, it gets even better because Team Fortress 2's all-time record stands at 117,917 players. TF2's daily count is around 50 thousand, which further puts Artifact into perspective.
As usual, the top three spots in Steam's concurrent player charts are reserved for the platform's resident heavy-hitters Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and PUBG, with Brendan Greene's battle royale coincidentally being the platform's .
That said, Dota Underlords is available for iOS and Android, which isn't the case with all the aforementioned heavyweights, and that means an even higher player count and more often than not - more dough.
Add to that the fact that Dota Underlords boasts full cross-play between PC and mobile, and for the moment comes free, and it's a recipe for success it seems.
Dota Underlords is still officially in beta, so the game still lacks a monetisation model, but you should expect it to be added soon enough. At least Valve are careful not to rush it and cause another Artifact.
Dota Underlords will stick to the Battle Pass model, with customisation options unlocked as you progress through levels.
Much like its sort-of parent game, Dota Underlords' main competitor will be Riot Games' Teamfight Tactics, which has a bit of a head start in the field of auto battlers. Nevertheless, we have a feeling we'll enjoy seeing these two duke it out.