Valheim has sold 3 million copies in less than three weeks in early access

The online survival game has crossed yet another milestone.


Released in early access earlier this month, Valheim exploded in popularity. Developed by Iron Gate Studio, this viking game is all about survival and exploration. Valheim has seen a surge in popularity in just its first few weeks available, receiving rave reviews across the board. Now, the game has hit a new milestone. Iron Gate Studio has announced that Valheim has now sold 3 million copies.

Iron Gate Studio shared the news of Valheim hitting surpassing 3 million copies sold on its official Twitter account. The developer also made a post to its Steam page, where it spoke more to crossing the milestone. “Less than three weeks into Early Access, we’ve already hit another milestone. Valheim has now been purchased by over three million brave Vikings looking to survive the 10th world of the Yggdrasil - or die trying - probably crushed by a falling tree,” the post reads.

Iron Gate Studio also shares some other notable achievements that Valheim has earned in its first few weeks on Steam. This includes garnering over 60,000 ‘Overwhelmingly Positive’ reviews, as well as cracking the top 250 best reviewed games on Steam.

A large factor in Valheim’s early success has been its rise in popularity on Twitch and YouTube. Some of the most popular content creators have caught onto the game, putting it in front of more eyeballs. Valheim has floated around the top 10 most popular games on Twitch, overtaking the likes of Minecraft, Rust, and Dota 2 in the process. The game has also surpassed a total of 20 million gameplay hours watched.

I guess you could say that Shacknews was spreading the word about Valheim before it was cool, as we published a hands-on preview for the game just after it hit early access. For more on the viking survival game, visit the Valheim topic page on Shacknews.

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    February 19, 2021 8:10 AM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, Valheim has sold 3 million copies in less than three weeks in early access

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      February 19, 2021 8:12 AM

      How did this game become such a huge hit immediately? I get indie games building up a head of steam via word of mouth, but this was like day 1: hundreds of thousands of copies sold.

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        February 19, 2021 8:24 AM

        Twitch streamers picked up on it rapidly, and from then on it's a function of social media. Once Steam starts listing it as a top seller you can print your own paycheck with that feedback loop.
        As for the game, while the genre is flooded the vast majority of it is crap and borderline abandonware. Valheim is actually good. The only reoccurring complaint I hear is that "graphics are bad" IMO that's a subjective argument though. Reminds me of when everybody was poo-poo'ing over Wind Waker with the cartoon'ish VS realistic graphics.

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          February 19, 2021 6:48 PM

          sure, but it has to start with being a good game. twitch streamers aint gonna pick and play some random game, and keep playing it, just cause it's new. especially bigger streamers. they're not gonna dedicate time to a mediocre game cause they'll just lose audience.

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          February 19, 2021 7:29 PM

          The graphics have a unique style to them but the result is amazing atmosphere.

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        February 19, 2021 11:40 AM

        Enjoyable coop ( up to 10 peeps! ) with a very chill game loop for 20 bucks. It's fun, you can play with your friends, and you can chill or adventure or build. Right place at the right time.

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          February 19, 2021 12:05 PM

          Having your first troll chase you is not chill. Huge holy shit moment

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            February 19, 2021 11:06 PM

            Can confirm, especially if you just come up from the river and don't have any weapons or a shield ready.

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            February 19, 2021 11:40 PM

            I ran into my house to hide and the dude took me and over half the house out in one swipe

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        February 19, 2021 11:04 PM

        New survival/crafting/building game released in the pandemic

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          February 19, 2021 11:33 PM

          This basically. There hasn't been a twitch sensation game in months.

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      February 19, 2021 11:31 AM

      Wow it's three million now? Grats to the dev.

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      February 19, 2021 11:08 PM

      I've really been enjoying this game. Scratches all the itches. I've been playing solo mostly in a chill mode. Jumped to a few servers to gear up a bit, but have also been spending quite a bit of time just tooling around on my house. Simple hovel has grown a few times and I just added another room for the forge.

      Leveling still vexes me. Trying to get the dirt out of my house. I guess build everything on at least a small pole?

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      February 20, 2021 12:48 AM

      Now 3,000,001.

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