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This banana-clicking game is going viral on Steam

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A new game is climbing the Steam most played charts, and it's not a new Battle Royale or Call of Duty game. It's a free clicker game where you just have to click on an image of a banana.

At the time of writing this article banana has about 434,000 concurrent players, but peaked at about 480,000 in the last 24 hours. Over the course of the day, it has increased in the charts above Apex Legends, PUBG: BattlegroundsAnd Elden Ringall of which regularly top the Steam player charts. All of this information comes from SteamDB, a third-party site that tracks Steam data.

Why does a game that requires you to click on a banana do so well? There's certainly something novel about it that spreads by word of mouth. And the better it does, the more people want to try it out for themselves. It also helps that it's free, so it's easy to try it out. The key to success on Steam, however, is its inventory system. Clicking the banana will occasionally add a new banana to your Steam inventory, which you can then sell on the community market. Most cost a few cents, but at the time of this writing, a banana sells for around $780.

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It's unclear how many bananas are available, but if you go to the market you'll see a panda banana, a banana that's a horse, a glitched banana, a unicorn, and many others. There's also a Shop button in the game that takes you to the Banana Item Store, where you can buy bananas for 25 cents a piece. Many of them are also only available for a limited time; in early June, the game's Discord reached 10,000 members, so a 10K Celebration banana dropped into the game for 24 hours.

So part of this player count is because people just want to see why everyone is playing Banana, but many of these are people who find rare banana drops and want to sell them on Steam for real money. That money then goes into their Steam wallets and can be used to buy games or even more bananas. Unfortunately, according to Hery, one of the developers, many of the players are likely bots. “Unfortunately, we're currently having some issues with bots, as the game basically takes up 1% to no resources of your PC. People are abusing up to 1000 alternate accounts to get rarer drops, or at least drops in bulk,” Hery told Polygon.

Either way, the developers understand the appeal. “I believe the reason it's caught on so much is because it's a legal 'infinite money glitch,'” Hery said. “Users are making money from a free game while selling free virtual items.”

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