Steam breaks concurrent user record again, inching ever closer to 30 million

Daniel Sims

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What just happened? Over the weekend, Steam once again set a record for the most concurrent users in what has been a long, steady rise. Its latest bump was likely helped by PUBG going free-to-play and a new Yu-Gi-Oh game. It’s only a matter of time before Valve’s platform reaches 30 million.

Steamdb’s charts show that Steam hit 29,201,174 users on January 23rd at around 9am EST. Steam’s own stats put the peak number at 29,198,370. Either way, Steam has climbed over the last milestone before hitting 30 million.

The number of users actually playing a game at the same time also hit a record on the 23rd, reaching 8.5 million. That beats the previous record of 8.1 million set in March 2020, just as Covid-19 lockdowns had begun.

Currently, the two most popular games on Steam are the Valve mainstays Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2. In third is PUBG, which went free-to-play earlier this month. However, what might have finally pushed player counts to their latest records is the game currently holding fourth place—Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel—which is also free-to-play and came out last week. These are followed by other usual suspects like Apex Legends, Rust, Grand Theft Auto V, and Football Manager.

The next game to jump high into the charts is likely to be Elden Ring, which launches February 24 and just went gold.

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texasrattler

Posts: 1,278   +605
I haven't used Steam in so years. Just no reason to. Mainly cause the games I play have their own platform that I have to launch from.

My son uses Steam and only Steam. He refuses to use anything else.

To each their own.
 

Aceseven

Posts: 282   +362
Free to play.

thats all the devs and publishers are seeing, fare the well, actually good games, I'll cherish the memories.

the future is bleak.
 

Burty117

Posts: 4,459   +2,641
I haven't used Steam in so years. Just no reason to. Mainly cause the games I play have their own platform that I have to launch from.

My son uses Steam and only Steam. He refuses to use anything else.

To each their own.
I have to ask but, what games do you play? Only interested, not having a go or anything, I find myself using other launchers more than Steam at the moment. Minecraft and Heroes of the Storm I seem to be into at the moment and both have their own launchers.
 

texasrattler

Posts: 1,278   +605
I have to ask but, what games do you play? Only interested, not having a go or anything, I find myself using other launchers more than Steam at the moment. Minecraft and Heroes of the Storm I seem to be into at the moment and both have their own launchers.
Currently, warzone. Use to play rainbow six siege, pubg, war thunder, n world war z. Was a big battlefield player but havent played since bf 4.
 

Uncle Al

Posts: 8,663   +7,563
I've used steam since it first came out. There have been a number of improvements, although their greed have caused a number of highly rated games to abandon them. When my account got hacked they did rebuild it and kick the offenders out BUT they simply don't do a good job of policing those that continue to use them as a gateway for infiltration into other accounts and they arn't too picky about some of the companies selling on them, especially those that want you to subscribe to use their services after luring you in.