Left 4 Dead 2 – Massive Player Increase

If you read my Christmas post and were taking a look at the steam sales you may have noticed Left 4 Dead 2 was free!

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Thanks to steamgraph.net you can see the player base increase dramatically! It has gone from 5,000 to 10,000 players to a spike of 134,000 and 163,000! The servers are full, being filled all the time and users are having to create their own servers to play a game. Any dedicated server that get put up normally has it filled.

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If your a veteran to the game, make sure you help out all the new guys and don’t rage at them as this can be a huge boost in your community. The people playing the game has to be a great thing.

My Predictions? This is a clever marketing technique! Give a game an old game out for free, release L4D3 a few months later. I haven’t heard anything about L4D3 and I for the record, I haven’t looked either but I suspect we will see L4D3 come out in 2014 of the back of this give away.