How many players are playing Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite on Steam?

Let's also compare them to the Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 re-release and Dragon Ball FighterZ

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • February 13, 2018 at 7:56 p.m. PST

Most people in the fighting game community are probably aware of the fact that Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite won't be a part of the EVO 2018 lineup.

The games that made it are Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. 4, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, Injustice 2, Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Dragon Ball FighterZ.

This was quite surprising to a number of people since the Marvel vs. Capcom series has had a huge impact on EVO's history. Then again, there were those that weren't surprised due to the community's concerns about issues that were obvious since even before its launch.

According to Mr. Wizard, a tournament organizer for EVO, MvCI "just kind of... fizzled." Mark "MarkMan" Julio later added that it was "hard to include a game that doesn’t have support," but clarified that he wasn't referring to Capcom.

Previously, we took a look at the number of entrants attending tournaments for MvCI. How many are still playing it on Steam? Remember that the game released on September 19, 2017.

Interestingly enough, the game hit its peak on August 31, 2017 -- nineteen days before the official release. The data here indicates that the number of players went from 3,592 to 1,202 by September 30, 2017.

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Unfortunately, there is indication that the numbers continued to dwindle after that. One month later, there were about 316 people playing Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite on Steam.

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This number would temporarily increase to 629 on December 5, 2017. This was as a result of the patch that went live on that date.

While this is a small amount, there does seem to be some implication that players would return to the game with patches. Evidently, the changes made on this day were not really enough to hold people's interest for very long.

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On February 11th, there were a total of 33 people playing Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite on Steam at one time. This number is honestly pretty abysmal if accurate. It does seem to represent a game that has sort of "fizzled."

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Now it is very important to understand that all of this represents just the player base present on Steam. In fact, there likely exists a far larger player base PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

There's also no guarantee that the data presented here is 100% accurate. I don't suspect a large amount of error, however.

Regardless, fighting game players on Steam probably represent a small percentage of those that are still playing the game. We are able to establish trends from this information.

While we don't have a way of checking the numbers for the consoles, we might see something similar if we could. Should we take these numbers at face value in this way, then there's definitely reason to believe that the game is in a bit of a downward spiral.

Let's take a look at Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3's re-release on Steam for comparison's sake. This was released on March 7, 2017.

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There were 1,706 people playing on February 27, 2017 -- eight days before the official release. Once again, this was the game's peak.

Twenty days after release, the numbers dropped to 461. It's usually pretty typical that a game's numbers are highest just after release.

Very ironically, there were more people playing UMvC3 compared to MvCI today. While there were only 33 people playing MvCI on Steam, there were a total of 62 people detected playing UMvC3.

Finally, let's look at Dragon Ball FighterZ's numbers on Steam. They are... rather spectacular actually.

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The game peaked at 44,234 people playing on Steam on release day. Wow.

Like most games, the number of people playing started to naturally dwindle after some elapsed time. This seems to be normal.

Just today, the number of players on Steam was... over 9,000 -- hide your scouters!. That's more people playing than on the release of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.

The possibility exists that Dragon Ball FighterZ is simply more popular on Steam. Nonetheless, it's more likely that Dragon Ball FighterZ has seen greater success than MvCI.

This isn't too surprising considering all the hype surrounding the series. Many different fighting game communities are coming together just to play this game.

Source: Steamcharts.

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