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

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Terraria is a best-selling action-adventure sandbox game developed by Re-Logic. People were interested when it was first released because it used concepts similar to Minecraft’s. Although the two games are different, some fame that the game achieved was attributed to Minecraft. Now 11 years after the game’s original release, it’s time to take a look at the number and see for ourselves how well Terraria stood the test of time. Let’s see how many people play Terraria. 

At the moment 36,900 players are currently playing Terraria. Over the period of the last 30 days, the game was played by 39 000 people on average. This is an impressive number for an 11-year-old game, but it’s a far cry from the peak that happened in May 2020, when 486,918 people were playing the game. Due to the game’s age, decreased interest is something we all expected. However, considering other available games on the market with vastly more modern mechanics and visuals, the fact that thousands of players still play Terraria is quite the feat. 

Now that we’ve covered how many players play Terraria at the moment, it’s time to analyze the game’s overall popularity and how it fluctuated over time. If you’re interested in more, stay with us and keep reading!

Why was Terraria so popular?

Terraria came out at a time when the world was fascinated by sandbox games that allowed you to build and craft pretty much anything. The game itself was partially inspired by Minecraft, although once you play both games, you realize how starkly different they are. Although the basic concept of the games is the same, building, crafting, and exploring the games have different goals and different executions of the goals. 

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Terraria was popular because of its charming visuals, massive content, and regular updates from the developer who actually listened to feedback. It was a game appropriate for all ages, easy to play but difficult to master. Due to the numerous possibilities, one could do in the world. It was addictive. 

Another positive thing about the game was the dedicated community as well. There is a lot of fan-made content for Terraria in the form of mods, as well as numerous patches, overhauls, and fixes that ensure the longevity of the game. All in all, the game is timeless and is not about to be forgotten anytime soon. 

How many people play Terraria in 2023?

At the moment of writing this article, Terraria is played by 36,900 players. This is according to the data provided by Steam Charts. Over the last 30 days, the game was played by 38,732.4, with the peak reported number almost double that, 61,425 players. However, this is a far cry from May 2020, when the game reached the peak of 486,918 players enjoying the game. How the numbers fluctuated over the period of the last six months, you can see in the table below. 

MonthAvg. playersGain/lossPeak players
Last 30 days38,732.4+5.99%61,425
December 202236,542.6-8.72%62,255
November 202240,035.5-34.15%70,589
October 202260,798.9+138.99%115,029
September 202225,440.2-13.51%71,258
August 202229,415.3-17.89%41,392

As you can see by the numbers provided, the number of players is steadily decreasing, which is expected for such an old game. The game had a moment of increased popularity in October 2022 when the peak reported number of players was astonishing 115,029 players. The interest in the game rose by +138.99%. The increased interest lasted only a short time, as the game now reports losses in player numbers for two months in a row with a slight recovery in the last 30 days.

terrarira player stats 2023
Interest over time

How many people stream Terraria?

At the moment of writing this article, Terraria has 3,913 live viewers over 60 live channels, according to the data provided by Twitch Tracker. The average number of viewers per week is around 1,140. The peak number of recorded live viewers was on February 12, 2021, when 270,186 viewers were streaming the game over a single day.

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Interestingly, the peak number of live channels streaming the game was recorded on May 16, 2020, when it reached 5,000 live channels. The overall interest in the game resulted in 191,195 hours of content watched over the last seven days. Terraria currently ranks as #148 when it comes to overall popularity on twitch, fairing significantly better than The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, which we’ve recently re-visited. 

You can see the exact numbers for the period of the last six months in the table below. 

MonthConcurrent viewers averageGain/lossConcurrent streams averageGain/lossHours watchedGain/Loss
Last 30 days1.2K+40%117+19.4%267K-59.4%
December 2022911-38%94-26%282K-73.3%
November 20221.5K-83.7%127-30.2%1.06M-83.1%
October 20229.0K+677%182+70.1%6.25M+661%
September 20221.2K-4.7%107-9.3%822K-9.1%
August 20221.2K-5.7%118-16.9%905K-4%

The numbers in the table show us similar numbers that the Steam Chart’s data provided, the game generated significant interest during the month of October. The trend did not continue as the numbers have steadily decreased since then. The sudden spike in popularity can be attributed to the game’s last update at the end of September 2022. 

Terarira twitch stats 2023
Interest over time

Will Terraria be popular again?

This depends on whether the game will receive some big announcements in the future. For now, the popularity will remain steady with slight declines as there’s nothing new planned for the game in the immediate future. 

  • Valentina Kraljik

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