How Many People Play Skyrim in 2023? (User & Growth Stats)

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Skyrim was one of the most anticipated games of all time, when it released was released back in 2011, it was obvious that Bethesda has created one of the best games the world has ever seen. The hype was huge, and extreme media coverage resulted in the game earning 620 million dollars in a month, and selling nearly 10 million copies. As you can see this is a huge number of players, as was expected for such a huge title. Now, 11 years after its original release it’s time to see how the game fares when it comes to user and growth stats. Let’s see how many people play Skyrim in 2023? 

Currently, Skyrim: Special Edition is played by around 17,285 people on Steam alone according to the data provided by Steam Charts. When you add the number of players that play older editions of Skyrim, this number goes up to 21 thousand people. In the last 30 days, Skyrim was played by around 30 thousand people which is a decent number for an 11-year-old game, but nowhere near the peak that happened in April 2015 when 90 thousand people were playing the game in that month alone. 

Now that you know how many people currently play Skyrim, it’s time to analyze some other important numbers as well. If you’re interested stay with us and keep reading!

Why was Skyrim so popular?

Skyrim was the fifth installment in the already legendary The Elder Scrolls franchise. Skyrim followed the incredibly successful The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion which was released 5 years prior. Bethesda continued the tradition of building highly immersive, highly open-ended games placed in massive worlds that the player was free to explore however he liked.

The general public liked the setting of Skyrim, the Viking-Esque world appealed to the majority of players, the concept of Dragonborn sounded epic, and the powers associated with it gave birth to many pop-culture references as well as memes. It was an extremely covered game when it comes to media and the years that followed only served to prove the immortality of the game. Skyrim was re-released numerous times, which in itself became a meme.


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The modding community kept it alive, giving both old and new players reasons to install the game yet again, after a few months, even years. It became a habit to occasionally re-install Skyrim just to immerse yourself in the familiarity of the world. Even though not all aspects of Skyrim were praised, the overall reception of the game was overwhelmingly positive. The last official numbers published back in 2016 showed that Skyrim sold 30 million copies, that was 6 years ago and the number is likely even higher at this point. Still, the fact remains that it’s one of the best-selling games of all time. 

How many people play Skyrim in 2023?

At the moment of writing this post Skyrim: Special Edition is played by around 17,285 people on Steam alone. The older version of Skyrim aka Oldrim is played by around 2,212 people currently. Those are the data provided by Steam Charts. The number is likely higher since those are only the numbers related to the Steam platform.

In the last 30 days, however, Skyrim was played by 30 thousand people. Which is impressive for such an old game. In the detailed table below you can see the data regarding player numbers for the last 6 months. Only data for Skyrim: Special Edition will be shown since it’s the most recent version that most people at the moment are playing. 

MonthAvg. playersGain/lossPeak players
Last 30 days25,708.9+8.57%41,990
December 202223,679.8+8.70%36,858
November 202221,784.3+17.61%35,973
October 202218,522.5+0.45%34,949
September 202218,439.8-15.62%32,587
August 202221,853.0+0.98%37,365

As you can see the player numbers are steadily rising, with only September being in the negative. Peak player numbers are more-or-less consistent and are nowhere near the 90,780 players that were playing the game throughout the month of April 2015. Still, this is nothing unusual for an older game and the player numbers are likely to decrease in the future, or in the best-case scenario, will remain unchanged drastically.

How many people stream Skyrim?

Currently, Skyrim has 159 live viewers according to the data provided by Twitch Stats. It had an average of 542 viewers over the period of the last seven days with 110 channels on average streaming the content weekly. This amounted to 90,855 hours of content watched in the last week. When it comes to popularity, Skyrim is ranked at #241 place and faring slightly worse than the Witcher: The Wild Hunt.

At its peak, Skyrim had 197,908 live viewers, this was recorded on January 7th, 2018. The peak number of channels was recorded on November 11th in 2021 with 489 channels streaming Skyrim-related content. You can see the detailed numbers for the last six months in the table below. 

MonthConcurrent viewers averageGain/lossConcurrent streams averageGain/lossHours watchedGain/Loss
January 2023560+4.5%108+11.3%120K-69.8%
December 2022536-0.7%97+10.2%398K+2.5%
November 2022424+44.7%89+39.1%224K+10.5%
October 2022293-19.1%64+8.5%203K-21.4%
September 2022362-7.2%59-10.6%258K-11.1%
August 2022390-23.8%66-4.3%290K-22.4%
July 2022512-20.6%69+4.5%374K-19.4%

As you can see from the data provided, the general trend is that the gaming community is losing interest in Skyrim. The numbers show a consistent downward trend with the last 30 days being an exception. The numbers provided show that when it comes to the hours watched stats, the number of hours has nearly doubled in losses.


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Will Skyrim be popular again?

This depends on whether some new announcements related to the game, or the future of the franchise will be made. The numbers likely won’t change drastically in the near future without any big changes. However, Skyrim managed to surprise in the past with its resiliency, whos to say it won’t happen again? 

Starfield Beats Skyrim’s “Concurrent Players Record,” but the Numbers Don’t Tell the Whole Story

Starfield surpasses Skyrims concurrent player count

Bethesda’s most recent launch of Starfield promised to be the largest in the company’s history, just like the massive game itself. Even though the developers were criticized for some exploration aspects of the game, to put it plainly, lack of things to do on some planets and lack of diversity on the planets in general, the launch did manage to surpass another legendary game from Bethesda’s repertoire, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Skyrim turns 12 years old in just a few short months, and around 12 years ago, it registered the peak concurrent players count of 287,411, according to SteamDB. Starfield managed to surpass that number a few times now, as 13 hours ago, the game registered a peak concurrent player count of 330,723 players in the game. 

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Although the peak seems humble when compared to some other games, it’s important to note that Steam is not the only platform on which the game was released on. Due to lucrative deals, many players instead opted out to try out the game on Microsoft’s Game Pass, so what we’re seeing on Steam is a far cry from the real number of players. 

Starfield also hadn’t managed to dethrone Bethesda’s other giant, Fallout 4. At one point 8 years ago, the game registered an all-time peak of 472,962 concurrent players, as the interest in the game was enormous.

Starfield’s number look humble, at least on Steam, but it’s important to take into account that the franchise is also rather new, and players really don’t know what to expect considering an overwhelming amount of both positive reviews and criticism of some of the game aspect’s that were supposedly overhyped. 


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In any case, we don’t expect Starfield to fall off the radar anytime soon. The developers have announced the release of modding tools, scheduled to launch sometime in 2024. Even in the absence of official modding tools, its modding community is thriving, with thousands of mods already uploaded and ready to improve the game in several aspects that the players found lacking.

One thing that ensures the longevity of most Bethesda games is its modding fanbase, and we have no doubt that Starfield will see some drastic unofficial upgrades in the next several months and, due to them, perhaps even dethrone Fallout 4. 

The Elder Scrolls VI Is Still 5+ Years Away & Might Not Be Available on PlayStation, Says Microsoft’s Mike Spencer

The Elder Scrolls VI Is Still 5 Years Away Might Not Be Available on PlayStation Says Microsofots Mike Spencer

It’s been 11 and a half years since The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was released, and despite the game being re-released numerous times and content being added both officially and through the modding community, fans are eagerly awaiting tidbits of news regarding the so-far unnamed sixth installment in the franchise.

Bad news came last week when during the Activision Blizzard FTC Trial, Microsoft’s Mike Spencer announced that the game might still be 5+ years away. 

In December of last year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced its intention to block Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard, a deal worth $68.7 billion. Recently, a federal court in California issued a temporary restraining order, as requested by the FTC, which effectively halts the Microsoft-Activision Blizzard deal for the time being.

Last week, the FTC was seeking a preliminary injunction against Microsoft and Activision Blizzard. If successful, it would prevent the completion of the acquisition while the FTC conducts its review of the transaction’s compliance with U.S. antitrust laws.


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The granting of a preliminary injunction would have a significant impact on Microsoft and Activision Blizzard’s plans, potentially even jeopardizing the deal. The acquisition was initially expected to close by July 18, 2023. If the injunction is imposed, the parties would either have to renegotiate or face the possibility of the deal falling through.

An evidentiary hearing between Microsoft, Activision Blizzard, and the FTC is scheduled for August 2, which is after the upcoming deadline in July.

During the hearing, Mike Spencer mentioned the probable Elder Scrolls VI release window 

“It’s many years away, but it’s a game we have announced we would begin working on. “I think we’ve been a little unclear on what platforms it will launch on, given how far out the game is. It’s difficult for us right now to nail down exactly what platforms that game will launch on.”


“As I said with Elder Scrolls 6, it’s so far out it’s hard to understand what the platforms will even be at this point. It’s the same team that’s finishing Starfield, which comes out this September. So we’re talking about it being likely five-plus years away.”

Spencer’s words did little to quell the worry that Bethesda’s most famous franchise won’t be available on Play Station, and the fans that once welcomed healthy competition in the form of PS exclusives are now calling for fairer release practices. 

In any case, considering everything we’ve heard, there’s going to be quite some time before we hear & see anything solid related to Elder Scrolls VI. 

Bethesda is usually delaying its flagship IP as long as possible to ensure the best experience possible for fans, and considering the probable scope of the game and technologies involved in making it; it’s not surprising that the game is taking so long. 

How Do You Use the Investor Perk in Skyrim?

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A significant part of Skyrim’s gameplay revolves around its economy, and economy, in turn, is mostly influenced by your speech skill that can, when raised enough, help you accumulate quite the wealth. One of the most important speechcraft perks you can acquire is the so-called “Investor” perk, but some players have trouble utilizing this perk to the fullest due to the various bugs. So, we created this guide to explain how to use the “Investor” perk effectively in Skyrim. 

Investor perk will allow you to invest 500 gold in merchants to raise their overall gold available for bartering by 500 gold. All you need to do is navigate to the “I want to invest in your business” option while you are navigating through the dialogue options. However, You should consider that some merchants are affected by a bug that allows you to invest in their store for an infinite amount of times without ever remembering that you already invested in them. Their overall gold, however, will never increase. 

Now that we’ve covered how to use the investor perks, it’s time to analyze it in a bit more detail. If you’re interested in how to unlock the perk and how to utilize it the best, stay with us and keep reading!

What speech level do you need to be to unlock Investor perk? 

Generally, you will level speech every time you trade with the merchants or interact with other NPCs via special dialogue options such as bribe, threaten, etc., and it shouldn’t be too hard to max out speech in the mid-game, as there are various effective guides on how to do it. But luckily for you, you don’t have to be a master level in speech to unlock the Investor Perk. You just need to spend a lot of points in the skill tree and be fairly proficient at it. 

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You can unlock the Investor perk as soon as you hit level 70 in speech, and if you’ve previously unlocked the “Merchant” perk, that allows you to sell any type of item to any kind of merchant. This is among the most useful perks in the tree, so generally, everybody who decides to orient their character to, well, the speech will strive to get this perk as soon as possible. It makes flipping goods faster than usual, but it also causes your “go-to” merchants to be drained of funds relatively quickly, and this is where the Investor perk comes on. 

What does Investor perk do & how to use it? 

Investor perk allows you to invest 500 gold in merchants that can be found all over Skyrim. The perk is not limited to a type of merchant since you can invest in alchemists, smiths, or general merchants. It really doesn’t matter as long as the merchant in question is not affected by a bug. You can find a list of all investable merchants here, but keep in mind that the bugs that affect various merchants can be fixed with the Unofficial Skyrim Patch at any given time.

As soon as you activate the perk, the first time you wander into a shop and activate the dialogue with the merchant, you will get the following choice “I would like to invest in your business.” As soon as you click on that line, the money will be subtracted from your inventory immediately, and the merchant’s gold will be raised by that amount (500 gold). 

It’s a pretty useful perk to have, but most people are just not willing to invest in it early on in the game. Luckily the legendary skills allow you to acquire all perks eventually if you’re persistent enough and willing to grind. 

You can invest only once in any given merchant.

Bugs that affect the Investor perk 

Most of the players get confused by the perk since the option to invest is not present for at least 1/3 of the game’s merchants, and it’s mostly due to random bugs affecting them. So if the option to invest is missing, there is a really large chance that the merchant in question is simply “un-investable” due to a bug and not by design. You can resolve most of those issues by using various unofficial patches. 

Some bugs are more bizarre in nature, like the one affecting Angeline Morrard in Angeline’s Aromatics. This apothecary will allow you to invest in its store endlessly; as long as you have the funds, the merchant seemingly forgets about it, but, there’s a catch, her base gold will never rise. It will always stay at the pre-investment levels, which results in all your investments being lost forever.


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It’s probably best to avoid investing in Angeline if you don’t plan on installing the Unofficial Patch. 

Ghorza gra-Bagol, an orc smith that can be found near Understone Keep, has the option to invest in her, but the only dialogue option is to refuse the investment making it impossible to raise her standard gold by 500. 

You can install Unofficial Skyrim Legendary Edition Patch to fix this bug, or you can simply “dispose” of Ghorza and wait for her apprentice, Tacitus Sallustius, to take over the store. In this case, you should be able to invest in the store without any issues. 

What is the difference between the Investor perk and Master Trader perk? 

Both the Investor perk and Master Trader perk allow you to raise the standard gold of merchants in Skyrim by 500 and 1000 gold, respectively, but there are some differences between the two perks. Namely, the Master Trader perk is significantly harder to acquire because it requires you to be level 100 in speech and it requires you to have almost all other prior perks activated. 

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Master Trader perk will also add 1000 gold to all merchants, but it doesn’t require you to invest your own gold in traders. The game does it automatically, meaning it doesn’t cost you anything. It’s a useful perk to have, and it will allow you to accumulate wealth rapidly, but it might take some time for you to get there, and most players don’t want to prioritize speech in early or mid-game.

And by the time you are ready to invest all those points in speech, you might already be rich beyond your wildest dreams, so the perk might appear to be useless.