Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel keeps climbing the Steam charts, here’s why

Trying to find another method to relive that ’90s and early 2000s fond memories? You’re in luck — Konami just recently launched a brand-new free-to-play Yu-Gi-Oh! video game called Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Battle. The video game injects brand-new life into the competitive card video game that’s been around for over twenty years with fancy animations and over 10,000 various cards. Master Battle has actually made a huge splash on Steam and on Twitch, where its among the many played and most enjoyed video games.

Yu-Gi-Oh! is a turn-based card video game franchise where you and your challenger summon beasts to attack and diminish your opponent’s life points. Master Battle is free-to-play digital variation of that video game, which permits gamers to invest cash on gems that can be utilized to purchase digital card packs and other devices, like card protectors. Konami launched the video game on Nintendo Change, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X, and it’s readily available for download on mobile phones. It’s cross-platform, suggesting you’ll have the ability to battle your pals no matter what gadget they use.

The video game has actually been destroying the Steam charts because its Jan. 18 launching. At the time of publication, the video game was the fourth-highest video game for concurrent gamers on Steam, nestled in between seasonal favorites Pinnacle Legends and PUBG: Battlefields. At its all-time peak, the video game had more than 262,000 users dipping into when on Steam.

Twitch banners have actually buoyed its appeal. Popular gamers of Master Battle’s predecessor, Yu-Gi-Oh! Battle Hyperlinks, like world champ finalist DuelLinksMeta, have actually currently relocated to stream Master Battle to the tune of approximately 15,000 audiences. At the time of publication, Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Battle has more than 51,000 audiences on Twitch. A series of informal competitions have actually currently been revealed too, indicating that competitive gamers have actually currently taken interest in the video game. The video game’s advancement group likewise shared in a note that they prepare to arrange competitions in the future.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! video games are based upon the popular manga from Kazuki Takahashi and its anime spinoff. The story follows the spiky-haired lead character Yugi Muto and his change ego, Yami Yugi, as they look for the power to progress duelists. The Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise computer game were popular on portable consoles like the Video game Kid Advance — when Konami launched loads of video games like Yu-Gi-Oh! The Eternal Duelist Soul in 2002 and Yu-Gi-Oh! World Champion Competition 2004. Ever since, Konami has actually gone on to launch lots of titles to later platforms.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.