Yu Gi Oh! Master Duel is already one of the best games on Steam
Yu Gi Oh! Master Duel managed to become one of Steam’s top games within a week, being the platform’s fourth best game.
Yu Gi Oh! Master Duel managed to become one of the best games on To smoke within a week. This put the game in the same league as titles like Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2 in terms of active players.
The TCG link Yu Gi Oh! Master Duel is a free digital card game, which is destined to become the Yu Gi Oh! equivalent to games like Magic: The Gathering Arena, in that it is an ongoing service updated alongside the real card game. There have been a number of Yu Gi Oh! video games released over the years, dating back to the original Game Boy, but Yu Gi Oh! Master Duel will be the digital platform that will host the game for years to come and allow players to duel on all modern devices.
Yu Gi Oh! Master Duel launched on January 19 and it was well received by fans. Yu Gi Oh! Master Duel has cross-save on all platforms, so fans can enjoy it on multiple devices. It didn’t take long to Yu Gi Oh! Master Duel to leave its mark on the PC gaming market, as the official Steam website ranks it number four on its list of best games. Yu Gi Oh! Master Duel reached a peak player count of nearly a quarter of a million today alone, putting it ahead of games like Grand Theft Auto V and Rust. The next three matches Yu Gi Oh! Master Duel are PUBG: Battlegrounds, Dota 2, and Counter Strike: Global Offensive.
The success of Yu Gi Oh! Master Duel can be attributed to something that the top four games all have in common, as they are all free games. PUBG saw a 486% player spike when it went free, showing just how much of an audience can be attracted when there is no entry fee. It is common for digital card games to use the free-to-play model, and the failure of Valve’s Artifact has often been attributed to its initial cost.
It’s taken a surprisingly long time for Konami to follow its rivals into the digital card game space, but it’s clear that the move has paid off. The answer to Yu Gi Oh! Master Duel has been positive and the game has the chance to inspire new interest in the physical card game while generating revenue on its own when new Yu Gi Oh! maps are released in the future. It will be interesting to see how Yu Gi Oh! Master Duel made on Steam in a few weeks and whether the game will manage to keep its audience once the initial hype dies down.
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Yu Gi Oh! Master Duel is available now on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox X|S Series and Nintendo Switch.
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