We recently caught up with iGame’s online manager, Johnathan Smit, who shared some player stats regarding the 5 most popular games on the iGame network. Bear in mind that iGame no longer hosts a Call of Duty: Black Ops server due to the inherent difficulties associated with running a server on another provider’s nework, and player numbers being “intermittent”.
iGame’s 5 most played games
1. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Still a favourite among PC gamers, Smit revealed that around 1,200 unique CD keys log into the iGame CoD 4 servers on a daily basis. He believes that game’s continued popularity is tied to the fact that the game runs well on older hardware and can be played without any international bandwidth. He acknowledges that Call of Duty: Black Ops has a large community of local players, but thinks that it is highly unlikely that it is larger than the CoD4 player-base.
2. Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Bad Company 2 also runs on dedicated local servers, and has an established local community. Smit estimates that around 150 players log into the Bad Company 2 servers on a daily basis. Relatively high system requirements, and less action-orientated gameplay may contribute to its relative small size compared to CoD4.
Brink has a relatively small but still fairly active community of dedicated players. According to Smit, it is considered a “low-support” game.
4. Crysis 2
Crysis 2 enjoyed a significant uptake in players at launch, but failed to establish a significant core community of players.
Although the multiplayer component was generally praised by gamers and reviewers, THQ’s answer to Call of Duty failed to hold onto a significant local player base.