Street Fighter 6 hasn't even been out for a full day, and it's already off to a flaming hot start.
Capcom's latest entry in the Street Fighter franchise has already become Steam's most-played fighting game of all time by concurrent player count. At 9 a.m. PT this morning, SteamDB's numbers show that 66,317 people were playing Street Fighter 6 on Steam alone. According to industry analyst Benji-Sales on Twitter, this figure has broken Steam's all-time concurrent players record for a fighting game by nearly double.
For context, concurrent player count means the number of people playing a game at the same time. Here are some of the other numbers:
- Street Fighter 6: 66,317
- Mortal Kombat 11 – 35,147
- Tekken 7 – 18,966
- Mortal Kombat X – 15,743
- Street Fighter V- 14,783
Street Fighter 6 has just SMASHED the All-Time concurrent players of every Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, or Tekken game on Steam
• Street Fighter 6 – 64,000+
• Mortal Kombat 11 – 35,147
• Tekken 7 – 18,966
• Mortal Kombat X – 15,743
• Street Fighter V- 14,783 pic.twitter.com/CtlpZnxkSy
— Benji-Sales (@BenjiSales) June 2, 2023
It's a huge start for Street Fighter 6, which has also been performing very well critically. We awarded the game a 9 in our Street Fighter 6 review, saying, "Street Fighter 6 is the most feature-rich a Street Fighter has ever been at launch, but even beyond that, it's roster of 18 characters is excellent, the new mechanics revitalize the one-on-one fighting formula, and it absolutely nails all of the little things that make for a stellar fighting game."
It seems Capcom has done all the right things leading up to the launch of Street Fighter 6, as this success story is different from 2016's Street Fighter V, which missed its initial sales targets. We'll have to wait and see how well Street FIghter 6 sells, but all signs indicate that Capcom will be happy with the launch.
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Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN covering video game and entertainment news. He has over seven years of experience in the gaming industry with bylines at IGN, Nintendo Wire, Switch Player Magazine, and Lifewire. Find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.