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    TF2 player count 2021: how many people play TF2?
    Last updated: March 21, 2021

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    Team Fortress 2 is one of the best first-shooter video games of all time. In 2021 it’s still in the Steam top 10 games, even after the sensational rise of the Viking game Valheim. TF2 is one of the most popular games of the renowned video game publisher — Valve Corporation. How many people play TF2 in 2021? Come on in — the TF2 player count is quite unexpected.

    We here at decided to have a good look at the Team Fortress 2 player count and compare it to some of the best video games out there. How about TF2 vs Overwatch? Team Fortress 2 is an old-but-gold video game and it deserves the attention. Let’s get started:

    Team Fortress 2 player count 2021

    The game was released back in October 2007 and is still in the Steam top 10 in 2021. How many people play Team Fortress 2 in 2021? How popular is Team Fortress 2 on Twitch and where do people play the game the most? We’ll answer all those questions and more. Here we go:

    1. In March 2021, Team Fortress 2 ranks #8 on Steam.

    (Source: Steam Charts)

    Team Fortress 2 is one of the top Steam games by player count. TF2 used to rank #7 on Steam for a long time but recently a new game made an entrance and many video game giants went one position down on the Steam Charts. The game in question is Valheim, of course, which went to the Steam top 3 in a flash. According to the latest Valheim player count, a total of 5 million people played Valheim in the first month after the early access release in February 2021.

    2. As of March 2021, the all-time peak of Team Fortress 2 concurrent players on Steam was 146,887.

    (Source: Steam)

    In December 2020, the game saw a record number of concurrent players on Steam since 2012. More than 140,000 people played Team Fortress 2 concurrently on Steam in the end of 2020 and the numbers are still above 100,000 in Q1 2021.

    3. As of March 2021, around 41 million people have played Team Fortress 2. 

    (Source: PlayTracker)

    According to the source, the average total playtime per TF2 player is estimated around 361 hours. The popularity of the game increased during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 when many people started playing more games because of the global lockdown.

    4. In March 2021, Team Fortress 2 ranks #191 on Twitch. 

    (Source: Twitch Tracker)

    Fewer and fewer people are creating TF2 content to stream on Twitch and that’s one of the factors which tell us that the player count of the game is dropping. Regardless of the game’s success on Steam, TF2 is not very popular on the video game live-streaming platform Twitch. Unlike GTA5 which just went from third to second position on Twitch in Q1 2021. According to the latest GTA5 player count, more than 180,000 people watch GTA5 gameplay on Twitch daily.

    5. In March 2021, the majority of TF2 players come from Europe.

    (Source: Teamwork)

    This might be considered a bit unusual for the gaming community, because for most games the majority of players come from the US. The American audience is fond of video games and forms one of the largest gaming communities in the world. In the case of Team Fortress 2, North America is the second largest group of players, the third being Asia, followed by South America. 

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    TF2 stats and facts

    The game is currently available on PC (Windows, MacOS, and Linux), PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Even though you can’t play Team Fortress 2 on the next gen consoles or on Nintendo Switch, the fanbase of the game is still loyal in 2021. Let’s see:

    6. In December 2020, 146,000 people played Team Fortress 2 concurrently on Steam. 

    (Source: Statista)

    In 2020, TF2 reached the highest number of concurrent players on Steam since 2012. The peak of concurrent Team Fortress 2 players on Steam came in December 2020 when more than 146,000 people played the game concurrently on Steam. The pre-Christmas updates brought many people back to the game to explore the new features. 

    7. In 2020, Team Fortress 2 was the 8th most played game on Steam based on hourly average number of players. 

    (Source: Statista)

    On the top of the list is the all-time favorite of the video gaming community — Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. According to the latest CS:GO player count, around 1 million people are playing the game concurrently on Steam in 2021. Now, TF2 is not one of those games to attract millions of players concurrently, but it’s still in the Steam top 10 games in 2021. 

    8. Team Fortress 2 has been nominated for a Steam Award twice — in 2016 and 2017.

    (Source: Steam)

    The game is too old to have been nominated for a Steam Award 2020, but it was honored with not one but two Steam Award nominations in the history of the Steam Awards. Unfortunately, the game lost both times. In 2016, TF2 was nominated in the category ‘The Test of Time’ and lost to The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim. And in 2017, the nomination was for ‘The Labor of Love’ Award — the winner this time was Warframe.

    Now, let’s have a look at the developers of Team Fortress 2 for a moment. How many other productions of the company do you know of? Let’s see:

    Valve Corporation

    The Valve Corporation was founded back in 1996 and it’s known as a video game developer and publisher, and also for hardware and software development. Their first video game production was the legendary Half-Life — one of the first shooter games on the video game market ever was released back in 1998. 

    Here are the video game products of the Valve Corporation and the initial release date:

    • Half-Life (1998)
    • Team Fortress (1999)
    • Counter-Strike (2000)
    • Day of Defeat (2003)
    • Dota (2003)
    • Portal (2007)
    • Left 4 Dead (2008)

    Two of the most popular PC games on Steam in 2021, are on that list we just saw. According to the latest Dota 2 player count, more than 600,000 people play Dota 2 concurrently on Steam in 2021 and it has ranked #2 on Steam for a long time (except the few days in February 2021 when the #2 Steam game was Valheim). And the king of the PC games in 2021 is still the one and only CS:GO — with 1 million concurrent players on Steam it would be difficult to dethrone.

    In terms of revenue as a video game publisher, the competition in the video game industry is fierce. The Valve Corporation generated $3-4 billion in revenue each year. Those guys are responsible for the creation of Steam — our favorite PC gaming platform. The video game digital distribution service was launched in 2003 and (thanks to the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020), there were 20 million online concurrent users on Steam in 2020. 

    Image © Esports Edition

    TF2 vs Overwatch

    Some people call Team Fortress the “granddaddy” of first-person shooter games. When Overwatch was released back in 2016, millions of people played the game which left many existing games with fewer player count. However, Overwatch has lost most of its fan base in recent years due to the lack of consistent content releases which led to the drop of the Overwatch player count. On the other hand, Team Fortress 2 continues to be on the Steam top 10 games in 2021. 

    Now, many gamers compare Overwatch with Team Fortress 2, and we’d like to way in. We’ve already compared famous games like Paladins vs Overwatch, GTA5 vs Watch Dogs, Battlefield 5 vs Call of Duty, and Destiny 2 vs Warframe. Let’s have a look at the pros and cons of our next contestants — TF2 vs Overwatch. 

    We start with the obvious — both games are really different in terms of visual effects. Overwatch feels more futuristic in a way, and Team Fortress 2 is more cartoony and old-fashioned. Overwatch is more artistic and inspired in terms of design, decor, and characters. In broad terms, the two games have different vibes — modern vs classic. Of course, if we compare the graphics of Overwatch to games like Battlefield 5 or Titanfall 2, Overwatch definitely seems way less sophisticated.

    Many people prefer Overwatch because of the wide range of character classes, weapons, and ultimate abilities. There are some unique weapons and special taunts in Team Fortress 2 as well but the general opinion is in favor of Overwatch on that one. In terms of number of characters, Overwatch has the advantage of more than three times more characters than TF2. There are currently 32 playable characters in Overwatch and only nine in Team Fortress 2. 

    And last but not least, in terms of number of hackers, those two games can’t complain of lack of aim bots and other mischievous hacks. There are hacker-free servers in the TF2 community for those of us who disapprove of easy wins. And when it comes to cheating in Overwatch — in February 2021, there was a massive cheating wave ban in South Korea. The community is trying their best to get rid of cheating in video games, but it’s a slow process. 

    Bottom line:

    • Both games have memorable characters.
    • They offer very different visual experiences.
    • There are 32 playable characters in Overwatch vs 9 in TF2.
    • Cheating in both games is still an issue.

    What do you think about it? Which is your favorite game out of the two? 

    Key takeaways

    Team Fortress 2 is still at the top of the Steam Charts for most played games in 2021. The TF 2 player count is close to 150,000 in Q1 2021. The game is not at all popular on Twitch, though. People prefer watching games like Valheim or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare instead. Many people compare TF2 with Overwatch and while the Overwatch player count has dropped significantly since the release, the fan base of Team Fortress 2 is still loyal.  

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    1. Steam Charts
    2. Steam
    3. PlayTracker
    4. Twitch Tracker
    5. Teamwork
    6. Statista
    7. Statista
    8. Steam