Rust hits new Twitch and Steam user records

Rust hits new Twitch and Steam user records

Survival title Rust has seen a sudden wave of popularity on streaming platform Twitch.

As reported by analytics platform Sully Gnome, the title has broken its record for engagement on the service with more than one million people tuning in simultaneously to streams. In fact, peak viewership has hit 1,220,649 within recent days.

Rust has also broken its record for engagement on Steam, too, with Steam Charts reporting that the title hit 134,225 concurrent players within the last 24 hours.

According to PC Gamer, this is seemingly to do with a number of top streamers including Shroud, XQc and Myth playing the game over the Christmas period on the Offline TV server. This helped Rust become the fourth highest-selling title on Steam last week.

Rust originally debuted in Steam Early Access back in 2013 but launched out of the programme at the start of 2018. We caught up with the founder of developer Facepunch Studios, Garry Newman (pictured) when the title released in 1.0 to discuss what he had learnt during the game's development.

Previously, Newman told that he would "avoid Early Access like the plague" in the future.

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