Actually... it may be more because of the closing of all the other official servers in the world. Dragon Saga US is, as far as I know, the last official Dragon Saga server.
These several shutdowns probably were reasons for quite a few players to join Warpportal's server.
This actually made me giggle.
"Quite a few"........uhu.
I personally would at least say "several" - including steam and no steam players. Since I started playing here again, over a year ago, the playerbase grew nearly on a daily basis. Yes, steam start is a great thing to happen, but even in the time before new players arrived to this server constantly.
I can remember I once asked Shaz the exact same question "How is the playerbase on this server"
His answer, long ago in the past, was " We do have a good handful of players".
I can say in pure happiness that this point in time is long gone and we exceeded all expectations.
To be completely honest, I even don't know if the word "several" is enough to count the current server population...