Valve’s PC store and Steam platform have set a new record for concurrent players. Today, January 9th, the platform exceeded 28 million concurrent users, setting a new all-time high. The numbers were announced on Steam’s public statistics page. The new record is 28,230,661.
Analyst Daniel Ahmad observed that Steam experienced “strong growth” for concurrent users in 2020 due to the pandemic. This growth has only continued since then. Steam hit 27.9 million concurrent players in early January, so it was only a matter of time before the service officially cracked 28 million – and now it has.
Steam has reached 28 million concurrent users today.
Concurrent users saw strong growth in 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19, but it is clear that growth will continue in 2021.
Summit reached every January:
January 2019: 17.6 million
January 2020: 18.3 million
Jan. 2021: 25.4 million
Jan. 2022: 28.2 million https://t.co/iBRLqLGqAw
– Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) January 9, 2022
In terms of Steam’s most popular games by player count, Valve’s own Counter-Strike: Global Offensive topped the charts for January 9 with a high of 881,051 players. Another Valve game, Dota 2, followed with a peak of 748,270 players. The rest of the top 5 included PUBG (351,766), Apex Legends (237,441), and Grand Theft Auto V (152,326).
Steam is very popular, but some publishers are moving away from it. Ubisoft, for example, no longer publishes its games on Steam due to Valve’s business model. Ubisoft’s Chris Early spoke out against Steam and said its business model was “unrealistic”. He added, “It doesn’t reflect where the world is today in terms of game distribution.”
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