This weekend there was an average of 16,600**+** players playing rust. This is the 6th week of growth. The last time there was an average of players this high was early June.
The playerbase has over doubled in size since it bottomed out at an average ~7,000 for the last weekend of November.
If this growth rate continues, and Facepunch continues to deliver quality gameplay updates, I predict we will see numbers in the 30,000’s by end of February.
These numbers are average for the day, so the actual daily number is somewhere around 2 or 3 times larger based on the average player playing between 8 and 12 hours daily.