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DOOM Eternal’s Launch Has Some Ridiculous Stats


DOOM Eternal launched last week, and it was up against some stiff competition. Animal Crossing: New Horizons launched on the same day, and it seems as though it won the week’s sales competition, despite being limited to a single platform. With that said, DOOM Eternal was still successful in its own right. The game outsold its predecessor, and that’s what we’re going to discuss in this article, because we are all about the numbers and stats.

Better Than DOOM 2016

DOOM 2016 had a peak concurrent player count on Steam, at launch, of 32,000 people. DOOM Eternal must have sold better, because the peak concurrent player count on Steam was 105,000, more than three times that of the previous game. 32,000 is the number of people that New York alone has tested for coronavirus (COVID-19), it’s also the number of people who turned 100 in Japan in 2016, and the number of people who used to be employed by the British Steel industry.

105,000 people is a much larger group. It’s the number of people that the US wind industry employed in 2018, the number of people that Kenya – Time to Change have supported, and the number of people that advertising in West Sussex in the UK reaches on Spirit FM. It’s a big number, colossal, but it’s still fairly small when it comes to the number of units sold. Thankfully, Steam is just one platform that DOOM Eternal is available on, meaning that it has almost certainly sold more than 105,000 copies.

One side-effect of most of the world being asked to stay indoors as much as possible is an increase in people playing games. DOOM Eternal went on sale at a time when everybody was preparing for months of being stuck indoors, and that has helped boost its sales. We don’t have the exact figures, but we can compare it to Rage 2, which was deemed another big Bethesda launch. when Rage 2 launched on Steam in 2018, it peaked at 13,600 players, less than DOOM 2016, which would have seen fewer digital sales than any game today.

We’ll have to update you with more stats for DOOM Eternal once Bethesda releases them. We really like writing about ridiculous stats in games. If you enjoyed this article, check out some of our others on Gran Turismo Sport, Dying Light, and even Call of Duty Warzone.

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