Clearly there has been a lot of anticipation among PC gamers for Rockstar’s latest crime opus: SteamSpy’s stats say there are over 2.2 million owners of Grand Theft Auto V on Valve’s gaming service according to some poking around I did on the site earlier today.

GTA V is the fourth-most popular game on the service, with 1.9 million of its 2.2 million owners actively having played it in the last two weeks. It ranks behind DOTA 2, Counterstrike: Global Ops and Team Fortress 2 in popularity, an astonishing feat considering its price of $60 versus the respective Free, Free and $14.99 price-tags of those other games.

While SteamSpy makes it clear on its About page that their data isn’t guaranteed to be 100% accurate, it still provides a good indication as to a game’s Steam popularity.

From my side I’m mostly interested in ownership figures, as the gaming industry as a whole seldom talks PC game sales figures without some sort of subscription to professional stats-gathering services like GFK, and it’s nice to get an indication of GTA V’s popularity.

Old-timers Skyrim (2011) and Civilization V (2010) are both still in the top 10 Steam games, with 1.2m and 727k players each over the past two weeks. Civ V enjoys a longer average playtime at just over 14 hours, with Skyrim players immersing themselves in the world of mods for just under ten and a half hours each.

If you’d like to see more stats on Steam games, SteamSpy has a lot of info to share. Find it here.

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.