Steam surpasses 10 million concurrent players in game for the first time

SteamDB revealed via Twitter that PC gaming platform hsd has surpassed 10 million concurrent players in the game. On the same day (January 8), it also broke the record for most users online at the same time, with a new record of just over 33 million.

Specifically, the number of concurrent players in the game peaked at 10,284,568 on Sunday after skyrocketing over 10 million on Saturday. This is the number of active players playing the game at the same time. Concurrent players — the number of people playing online, including those not playing the game — hit 33,078,963 on the same day.

The number of concurrent users on Steam has, according to SteamDB, has increased steadily over the past decade. Player numbers have skyrocketed around the time the lockdown began during the COVID-19 pandemic. Data from Newzoo released late last year suggests that all game markets have experienced a boon over the past few years. Many of those numbers are dwindling as the market corrects, but it looks like Steam can still keep a high number of new players.

As to why the number of players is so high, it’s just a matter of speculation. Multiplayer titles seemed to have a high player count that day, including Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, and rookie Goose Goose Duck. It’s also possible that many gamers are holding on to New Year’s resolutions to clear their backlogs — as Steam is legendary for revenue, many players use the service boasting massive libraries.

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