The Player Base for the New Dota CCG has dropped down to only a few thousand simultaneous players. It was clear that Valve was going to have a hard time with Artifact when met with the gam’s reveal at The International 2017. Valve’s decision to try and monetize a $19.99 card game while going into direct competition with the Free to play leaders already there. As well as timing their release with that of one of the biggest CCG in existence coming to pc. All in all, coming to the game with a few difficulties at best.
Dota 2 and CS:GO have stayed at the top of Steam for years, but in just the past month, Artifact‘s player base has declined by so much that at times it ranks just outside of Steam’s top 100 most played games. With the rise of the Epic Games Store and more developers pulling their games from Steam, Valve is in need of new games that can help Steam stay on top as the premier platform for PC gaming… unfortunately, based on the numbers, Artifact doesn’t look like it’s going to be Valves next billion dollar franchise.