I'm an admin for several UT99 servers and a UT2003 server for a gaming community of over 4500 people. Our UT2003 server goes empty most of the time, and I got curious as to how many people were playing online. I had heard that Epic is counting the BOTS as players, and when I went into the server browser it showed thousands of players online playing. Since almost all the UT2003 servers out there are dead as hell, I decided to do my own tally of real players online vs. players + bots as shown by the UT2003 server browser. I was pretty amazed at the actual online players that are NOT playing this game. Please bear with all the numbers.
UT2003 Real Stats (using in-game server browser)
Between 8-830pm Central
Servers = # of game servers
Players = real players + bots (as shown in server browser and gamespy) NOTE: second number in parenthesis was a refresh/reping of the gametype to update the number right after my count.
Counted Players = actual number of human players on servers (no bots)
Deathmatch: Servers - 890 / Players - 1789 (1737) / Counted Players - 423
TDM: Servers - 463 / Players - 524 (496) / Counted Players - 203
DoubleDom: Servers - 28 / Players - 100 (94) / Counted Players - 17
CTF: Servers - 550 / Players - 1216 (1212) / Counted Players - 546
BombingRun: Servers - 117 / Players - 338 (341) / Counted Players - 160
Invasion: Servers - 55 / Players - 168 (142) / Counted Players - 93
LMS: Servers - 12 / Players - 27 (27) / Counted Players - 3
Mutant: Servers - 6 / Players - 14 (17) / Counted Players - 0 (so 3 came on after my count, lol)
Total Servers: 2121
Total Players - 4176 (4066) AVG = 4121
Counted Players - 1445
Bot Percentage: ~64%
Human Percentage: ~36%
*Gamespy: 2168 Servers / 4416 players (including bots ofcourse)
Gamespy showed UT2003 as the 7th most played game counting the bots, but I believe real world online numbers would place it between Tribes2 and Jedi Knight2 (about 14th, and only 3 games above Quake2). Just for comparison sake, UT99 showed as 11th with 2696 servers & 2620 players at the time of this little experiment.
This post isn't meant as a flame, and maybe someone has already posted something similar to this. It's just for educational purposes, and AFAIK I've not seen someone actually count up the real number of human players (yes, I have no life). I like this game alot, and it bums me out that there aren't more players, but I thought you'd like to know the truth about real online numbers. I'm just wondering what we can do as players and server admins to try and get people playing this game. :bulb: