Steam sets a record for concurrent users at the end of the holidays

On the last day of a two-week, weekend-holiday downturn throughout much of the world, Steam set an all-time record for many concurrent users: 27,942,036, all visited at the exact same time around 7 a.m. EST on Sunday. That exceeds the 26,922,926 users counted throughout the week of March 29, 2021.

The figures are according to SteamDB, as spied by Reddit user Turbostrider27 on Sunday early morning in a post getting a great deal of attention at r/pcgaming. At the time of composing, the concurrent user overall was a shade over 27 million at the exact same time on Monday early morning, however it normally peaks around the 7 to 8 a.m. EST hour every day (consisting of weekdays), so it’s uncertain if another record might be set today.

screenshot of a trendline for steam concurrent users, lifetime, a jagged line steadily increasing over time.

Image: SteamDB

The 27 million concurrent users is merely what it states — users logged into the Steam customer. The real number who are playing a video game is a lot smaller sized: 8,219,950. That number still simply eclipses the previous in-game record of 8,171,592 taped throughout the week of March 30, 2020 — a number of weeks after the COVID-19 pandemic was stated and individuals around the world started lockdown way of lives with great deals of indoor activity.

The all-users figure for the exact same pandemic week in 2020 was then a record, beaten, intriguingly, practically one year later on in March 2021. However a scan of Steam’s user chart returning to its launch in 2003 programs record-setting user spikes right around the brand-new year. In the week of Jan. 4, 2021, Steam’s 25,425,816 concurrent users set a record, therefore did the 18,801,944 for the week of Jan. 20, 2020.

The 18,537,490 for the week of Jan. 8, 2018 likewise set a record, as did the 14,370,042 in the week of Dec. 26, 2016. The latter figure eclipsed Steam’s second-biggest non-holiday spike of the previous 6 years — 13,474,259 users, for the week of Oct. 19, 2015.

When it comes to what folks are playing, that continues to be the leading multiplayer video games of the previous years or two. Counter-Strike: International Offending, released in 2012, peaked at 824,298 up until now today, with 2013’s Dota 2 in 2nd at 748,189. In a far-off 3rd location is PUBG: Battlefields, at 336,367. The greatest 2021 launch in the leading 10 is the MMO New World, in seventh location with 117,504 users.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.