Rainbow Six Siege might be a dead game in 2021!
Well, okay, that was a little melodramatic but the claims do have some merit.
Ubisoft's tactical shooter is well-into its' 5th year and 20th competitive season. Some players are claiming that it is a dead game, but are these justified?
Below, we check out the Steam Charts statistics and Twitch figures to gain some insight as to whether Rainbow Six Siege is in-fact dead.
If we look at the Steam Charts statistics, it's safe to say that Rainbow Six Siege is alive. Well... For the most part.
At the time of writing, Rainbow Six Siege has a 24-hour Peak of over 106,000 players on Steam.
This is just over half of it's All-Time Peak of 198,500, however, this does not mean it is necessarily dead.
The provided trend graph does paint a worrying picture, though.
As you can see above, there has been a steady decline in concurrent players following a peak in March 2020.
Looking to Twitch statistics is another fantastic way to gauge the lifetime of a game.
Using information like "Peak Views" and "Total No. of Streamers", we can get an understanding of how popular the game is within this community.
Streamers and influencers are vitally important to the success of some games. Among Us and its explosive popularity is the perfect example of this.
In 2020, Rainbow Six Siege was the 24th Most Watched game on Twitch. This is notably lower than some of its peers, but well-above games like Destiny 2 and Rust.
What is interesting is that Siege seems to be more popular with streamers, in general. It ranks 11th as the Most Streamed title of 2020.
However, it, unfortunately, ranks 49th for Peak Viewership which would suggest that it's in-game events are losing the attention of fans.
That being said, the Peak Viewership for Rainbow Six Siege in 2020 was still over 234,000.
Looking To 2021
If we look forward to this year, Rainbow Six Siege is the 15th Most Streamed title on Twitch at the moment.
It is also the 23rd Most Viewed game on the platform. However, it doesn't rank in the Top 50 regarding Peak Viewership.
There haven't been any major in-game events yet, but this is worrying when you consider titles like Mario Kart 8, Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, and Cuphead all make the list.
Steam Charts also provides an interesting insight into how Steam is performing.
Despite the lower 24-Hour Peak, this has been pretty consistent for the last couple of months and is a good sign of stability in the player-base.
Is It Dead, Then?
Looking at the stats, it's hard to say that Rainbow Six Siege is dead.
Although it has lost it's streaming prowess over the last month, it still has a consistently high player base and the developer support to continue on for at least another full year.
However, this player base is declining and could be even smaller this-time next year if the trend is to be followed.
You wonder, how will Ubisoft turn this around? Criticisms around the lack of Developer Communications and questionable decision-making remain a hot topic within the community.
All Twitch Statistics were gathered from the SullyGnome database.