It’s nothing new that the MMO genre is one of the most popular spheres of gaming since gaming became a thing, and new MMOs are constantly popping up, with some of them bringing new and innovative mechanics that shift the gameplay dynamic into a good direction. In 2019, Smilegate and Tripod Studio released Lost Ark, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game that mostly focuses on player versus environment gameplay with some PvP elements sprinkled in. When it came out, it took the MMO world by storm and gained millions of fans in a short period. With all those players, there also came a lot of news about the game, which we’re going to compress down into some Lost Ark statistics so you can understand just how popular the game is and where it is going in the future. Aside from that, we have more content that concisely explains how games like these contribute to the size of the video game industry, so feel free to check it out!
Lost Ark key stats
From total players to total money generated through in-game transactions, this section is going to contain all of the Lost Ark statistics we can find, that are relevant to what you might be looking for.
Lost Ark’s peak player count was 1.3 million.
Its highest average player count was 700,000 in February 2022.
Since that point, the average player count of Lost Ark decreased by 93.4%, down to 47,760.
April, May, and June 2023 saw the average player count dip below 100,000.
The peak player count is around 80,000 in June 2023.
This is perhaps one of the best stats that represent the hype that grew around the game before it came out, as Lost Ark topped quite a few player count charts, the most prominent of which was the Steam concurrent player count, totaling 1.3 million. While this is not enough players to beat PUBG, the top game at that time, it was still impressive as it was in the same league as the two games that usually have the most concurrent players — Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
Players died 1.6 billion times in Lost Ark’s first year.
99.2 million guardians were killed.
23.5 abyss dungeons were cleared.
Night Fox Yoho killed 15.9 million players.
30.6 million Island Souls were collected.
734.6 million Mokoko Seeds were collected.
8 billion mounts were summoned.
311.6 stronghold dispatches were sent.
786,705 guilds were formed.
3 million feasts were created.
16.2 million PvP matches were held.
192.9 million PvP kills were made.
29.7 trillion PvP damage was dealt.
73.6 million Awakening skills were used in PvP.
We love numbers like these because they paint a great picture of what the community does the most within a specific game, and for Lost Ark, it’s dying. Player deaths are the most prominent stat, followed by collected Makoko Seeds, and then everything else.
Lost Ark had 340.8 million hours watched on Twitch in 2022.
The game had 6.8 million broadcasting hours.
There were 38,912 viewers watching the game on average.
There were 779 channels streaming the game on average.
It had a viewer ratio of 49.9.
Its max viewer count was 1.2 million.
There were 279,979 broadcasters that streamed the game.
Like a vast majority of MMORPGs, Lost Ark is extremely easy to watch and many people prefer to watch the game being played instead of committing to such a large undertaking, and there is nothing wrong with that. Due to the high variety of content that the game offers, you can spend a lot of time watching. The 1.2 million viewer count shows us how excited the community was to finally get to watch the game being played.
Lost Ark has grossed over $900,000 on Steam.
(Source: VG Insights)
The game has around 40,000 players each day.
71.8% of the game’s reviews are positive.
5.8 million units were sold on the platform.
The average playtime for the game is 196.6 hours.
The median playtime is 94.4 hours.
This is a gross underestimation because no one can know exactly how much money a game made on any platform or in general, as that information is only available to the publisher, but given that the game is free to play, most of the money earned would have to be through microtransactions, which have become a problematic trend in the gaming industry.
Lost Ark climbed the Steam leaderboards before it was even released.
The game had over 1 million Twitch viewers in February 2022.
In the same period, Lost Ark was sixth on the concurrent player leaderboard on Steam, with 532,000 players.
It was beaten by New World, Cyberpunk 2077, Dota 2, CS:GO, and PUBG.
This was all during its early access launch.
Hype, hype, and even more hype! Lost Ark had an early access stage where people could play the game before it came out, and even then it managed to climb the leaderboards on Steam, beating some fairly prominent games at the time. The number increased even more after the game was fully available.
Lost Ark reached 20 million players in March 2022.
(Source: MMORPG, TheGamer)
The game gained over 4.7 million players in its first three days.
One month after its initial release, the game had 10 million players.
And for the final line of stats, we have a total count of all the players that Lost Ark has seen so far, and it is quite impressive. The number of players that the game gathered in such as short period is excellent and bodes well for the longevity of the game going forward. Even though its concurrent player count at the time of writing is a fraction of its peak time, it’s to be expected.
To sum up
And that would be all we have to say about Lost Ark and everything it has brought to the gaming community thus far. The game carried a tremendous amount of expectations with itself, and for a relatively short while, it remained at the top of the charts as one of the best MMORPGs available. As time has marched on, the overall popularity of the game has died down a bit, with some people claiming that the game is dead already, but that is far from the truth. The player base will naturally fluctuate as more and more content is added, so keep an eye out! We hope that what we’ve said here so far has been up to your expectations and that all of your questions have been answered.
“‘Lost Ark’ Is Putting Up Absolutely Massive Numbers Before It’s Even Fully Released”. Forbes, 2022, https://www.forbes.com/sites/paultassi/2022/02/09/lost-ark-is-putting-up-absolutely-massive-numbers-before-its-even-fully-released/?sh=297d15064280
“Lost Ark Reaches 20 Million Players, With 10 Million from the Western Launch”. MMORPG, 2022, https://www.mmorpg.com/news/lost-ark-reaches-20-million-players-with-10-million-from-the-western-launch-2000124493
“Lost Ark Tops 20 Million Global Players”. TheGamer, 2022, https://www.thegamer.com/lost-ark-20-million-players/