Konami owns many important and historical video game IP addresses within its walls. Unfortunately, the publisher spent nearly a decade pulling out of the video game market. When Konami returns, so do its fans, with the publisher’s latest Steam release by far the biggest.
Described as “the definitive digital edition of a competitive card game that has been in development for over 20 years”, Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel was a great success not only in terms of reception but also commercially.
Launching this morning, Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel has already managed to rack up 159,158 concurrent players and is currently the 4th most played game at the time of writing , behind only CS:GO, Dota 2 and PUBG.
It also makes Master Duel Konami’s largest launch on the platform, with the previous record being just over 90,000 simultaneous players for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain’s launch back in 2015 . Sure, MGS V was a premium game and Master Duel is free-to-play, but even so, its success is remarkable, especially considering that eFootball 2022 and other free-to-play games are also available on this platform.
Alongside this, the game received critical acclaim, seeing a “mostly positive 77%” on Steam . Although this is lower than the previous free-to-play Yu-Gi-Oh! Game ( Duel Links with 84% ), the early enthusiasm is palpable – and it’s still too early to finally rank the new entry.
We hope that this success will encourage Konami to pay more attention and care to their intellectual property, which will eventually lead to a full return to the industry.