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More people playing Cookie Clicker than Rainbow Six Siege, Civ 6, Phasmophobia

A version of the "Stonks" meme but with cookies and a grandma in stead of a business suit man. There is a Steam logo.
(Image credit: Cookie Clicker via Jon Bolding)

The introduction of Cookie Clicker to Steam has destabilized the collective consciousness of gamers to the point where not only are they giving it Overwhelmingly Positive reviews, they're also leaving it open to the point where it's in the top 15 most-played games by concurrent users. 

Cookie Clicker is a notorious idle game, first released in 2013, that's become emblematic of the first wave of idle development. Heck, an alternate name for the whole idle genre is Clicker for a reason.

Its current position on the most-played Steam games is 14th, which puts it ahead of Rainbow Six Siege, Civilization 6, Phasmophobia, and Warframe. Only one of those games is free.

An image of SteamDB website. It is a section of the most popular games rankings. Cookie Clicker is above other games at position 14.

(Image credit: SteamDB)

That's a hell of a thing, honestly. Is it fueled by the nostalgia of those who lost hours of attention to it in 2013? Is it a rise driven by the adoption of a newly excited subset of cookie clicking Steam users? It's just a few thousand concurrent players behind games like ARK and Final Fantasy XIV. Are these people playing other games, just leaving their infinite cookie generators open in the background? Probably. I don't know.

Anyways, I am going to download Cookie Clicker on Steam now. See you next week, I guess.

Jon Bolding is a games writer and critic with an extensive background in strategy games. When he's not on his PC, he can be found playing every tabletop game under the sun.