January 31, 2019 Geneshift has had another big rise in player count. (It’s mostly bots again.)
Geneshift got a sudden boost in notoriety last year when it briefly went free on the Steam. That 48 hour promotion attracted a big number of players – but it also brought in a few hundred thousand bots which aimed to idle for trading cards and make a few cents on the Steam market. That surge made Geneshift the tenth biggest Steam game of all time (just behind the For Honor player count) – and a similar thing is happening again.
Valve disabled Geneshift’s trading cards after it became clear so many bots were taking advantage of the giveaway, and the player count quickly dwindled afterward. In a Steam forum thread, players noted that card drops returned on January 14. On Steam Charts, you can see that day had player counts shoot from about 10 to 114,920.
You’ll see another note in that thread that cards are back again as of a couple days ago, and the numbers show another unusual bout of activity shortly afterward – though certainly well below the 100k mark. Steam’s army of trading card bots clearly has a long memory and instant reflexes.