Final Fantasy XIV, the popular MMORPG developed by Square Enix, has once again broken its record for concurrent players on Steam, according to Valve's official stats. Over the weekend, the game saw a massive influx of players, with over 47,000 players, and the cause for this surge is likely the popular World of Warcraft Twitch streamer Asmongold, who joined the MMORPG.
The new peak concurrent count on Steam is 47,542 players, beating the 41,200 fans who flocked to the game two years ago for the launch of Shadowbringers on PC. Note that this number doesn't include the players on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, where FFXIV also enjoys a healthy and steady player base since there's crossplay support for the MMORPG.
Asmongold, who recently tried the game out, had over 200,000 live viewers at one point, while the FFXIV servers filled up with legions of fans who want to meet him online. The Cactuar server was brought down as a result of so many players joining and spamming Asmongold - and the streamer was able to disguise some of his character's information so he can actually play properly.
More players from the World of Warcraft community are reportedly switching to Final Fantasy XIV as players are not pleased with recent WoW expansions.
"Many people have moved over to Final Fantasy from WoW, and I understand why," Asmongold said on Twitch. "The truth is that WoW's best release in the past 5 years has been a release that came out 15 years ago".
The record-breaking numbers is another example of the profound impact content creators can have in the video game industry.
FFXIV'sShadowbringers DLC is being offered for 60% off on Steam, as is the MMORPG's complete edition.
Final Fantasy XIV's latest expansion, Endwalker, is coming in November and introduces a new melee DPS class called the Reaper, as well as female Hrothgar and male Viera races added to Square Enix's MMORPG.