Steam reaches a new record as more than 7 million gamers log in simultaneously

By on December 2, 2013, 2:30 PM
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The long holiday weekend meant that many got to spend some quality time with friends and family but for others, it was the perfect opportunity to unplug from the real world and play some video games. Gamers were no doubt trying out their new PlayStation 4s and Xbox Ones but PC gamers were also getting in on the action.

PC gamers set a new record for the most concurrent users on Steam yesterday morning. According to site utilization statistics, around 7.19 million users were logged into the system which tops the previous record of 6.6 million users this past January. The previous record before that was 6 million even back in November 2012.

Digging deeper, the most popular game as of late based on player count is by far Dota 2 with a peak of more than half a million players today. In second place is Counter Strike: Global Offensive at just under 100,000 peak players and Football Manager 2014 in third at a hair under 60,000 players.

If Steam’s user base of 65 million reported at the end of October is still accurate, we can assume that a little over 10 percent of the entire platform’s users were logged in yesterday. Either way you slice it, that’s a lot of concurrent people logged into Steam which could go a long way in the argument that PC gaming is far from dead. What’s even more impressive is it took place just as new consoles hit the market, but I digress.




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JC713 JC713 said:

A great service deserves a great community.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Let me do the math, what percentage would that make me?

  • 0.0000143%

Look at all those digits, I'm a major contributor. LOL

Guest said:

PC master race

motrin said:

I think I may have helped. I was logged in all morning on the 1st

Guest said:

Correction 7million dota 2 players.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Correction 7million dota 2 players.

That would mean I wasn't a contributer.

dennis777 dennis777 said:

My wallet hurts a lot.

jester376 said:

Correction 7million dota 2 players.

Sorry, not everyone logs in with a boner for Dota 2. Minus 1 for guest.

jester376 said:

My wallet hurts a lot.

Yep, and now you have a bunch of games on ur computer you'll prob never play. Lol. Happens to me everytime. But its good to know that its there in case u want to play it.

1 person liked this | Guest said:

Well, every time there's a sale, a lot of people log in to Steam. It doesn't mean they were all playing, I personally was mostly checking out the bargains. It's a great way to train the willpower -- to not buy something on a Steam sale :)

Guest said:

Does any of you actually THINK when you see those numbers??? The top 3 take only 660,000, with number #3 getting only 60,000. So where did the other 6.5 million go?

I did a check...the combined total of the top 100 today is 1.2 million, with Dota 2 scoring 470,000. Let's assume that they reach a total of 5.2 million today, then where do they get the other 4 million from, when the game with the lowest number in the top 100 is getting 720 logins? Steam is clearly faking the numbers to promote their new Steam hardware if you ask me.

Guest said:

Guest above me...

Read article again. "LOG IN SIMULTANEOUSLY" not "PLAYING".

Guest said:

Now if only Dota 2 would stop randomly crashing on people...

Chuck Cortes Chuck Cortes said:

I love how some people like to pretend like they know more than everyone else (specially the ones doing the calculations) but they never pay attention to the story and instead end up making fools of themselves. I am logged on to steam 24/7, I see no reason to log off. When I get the urge to play I wanna be able to just hop in and go not have to wait to log in or load the program. Same with chat programs, only log off or set to away if I don't want to be bothered while on the PC doing something other than gaming.

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