Classic survival game Rust has seen a huge surge in player numbers of late, with a massive increase in the number of people enjoying the online multiplayer. Of course with great numbers come big money, and developer Facepunch Studios is reportedly raking in some serious cash.
Originally released on Steam as an Early Access title back in 2013, Rust left Early Access in 2018. While it’s always been beloved by fans, 2020 saw a hug increase in player numbers after streams and videos of the game were shared to Twitch and YouTube.
What this means for Facepunch Studios is a huge money injection for the developer, with dev Garry Newman taking to Twitter to announce that Rust “made over $1m on Steam on two days this week.”
Definitely some impressive figures for Facepunch, it’s hoped that the upcoming console launch of Rust will only strengthen the game’s surge in success.
The popularity of Rust has grown to the extent that on Monday, January 4th 2021, there were 134,483 gamers playing Rust simultaneously, which is a new current record high for the survival game. The previous record was around 125,000 in April 2020, as reported by PCGamesN.
On average according to PCGamesN, throughout 2020 Rust would reach a daily peak of concurrent players between 70,000 to 100,000 players. While Rust is currently only available on PC and Mac, a recent ESRB rating revealed that the survival game would be coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this year.
Have you dived back into Rust over the last few months, and are you surprised by how much money it’s making the developer?
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