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Capcom Arcade Stadium is a collection that includes several of the great retro hits of the Japanese company. It originally debuted on February 17 for the Nintendo Switch, but it wasn’t until May 25 that it arrived on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. To everyone’s surprise, in the last few hours this collection became one of the most popular experiences on Steam.

As of this writing, Capcom Arcade Stadium it has 63,070 simultaneous players. While this amount is very impressive, it is a far cry from his current record. During the morning of this November 30, the title reached an impressive historical peak of 488,791 concurrent users.

At the moment the collection is in position number 8 of the most popular video games of Steam and surpasses giants of the medium such as Rust, Grand Theft Auto V, Dead By Daylight and PUBG. Of course, the sudden surge in popularity that this retro experience saw is disconcerting.

Image via Steam DB
Image via Steam DB

Why is Capcom Arcade Stadium so popular on Steam?

Unfortunately, everything seems to indicate that the “players” who inflated the figures mentioned above in this article are, in fact, bots.

We must remember that Capcom Arcade Stadium It only has one free game, which is 1943 -The Battle of Midway. Of course, fans can shell out more money and purchase some of the add-on packages that include other retro experiences like Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, Captain Commando and Ghouls ‘n Ghosts.

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This collection received a patch on November 11 that added Steam trading cards. In case you don’t know, these cards have a monetary value and it is possible to sell them to obtain credits in the Steam Community store, which is undoubtedly a good incentive to get them.

So, everything seems to indicate that bots entered the free-to-play game to collect these Steam cards for free. This feasible theory comes from the voice of Pavel Djundik, creator of the statistical site SteamDB. This would also explain why episode 1 of Life is Strange 2 saw a similar surge in popularity when it went free in September 2020.

But tell us, what do you think of this curious situation? Let us read you in the comments.

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