For a long time, Steam has held its crown as the biggest and most popular software client for digital games on PC. After a relatively successful 2020, Valve’s iconic digital games marketplace achieved its biggest milestone by recording an all-time high of 25 million concurrent users just a few hours ago.
According to SteamDB, the new all-time peak for Steam was clocked in just two hours ago at a whopping 25,415,080 concurrent users. The new number is a significant increase over the recently established all-time high of 24,776,635 concurrent users which was hit just last month.
As evident from the graphs, the previous year was arguably the most successful one for Valve. Steam started 2020 with roughly 18 million concurrent users, and over the months saw huge boosts due to the lockdown restrictions put into effect due to the global pandemic. There was a notable decline around July last year but since then the numbers went up at unprecedented rates.
To see the games responsible for this spike, have a look at Steam’s top 10 most played games. While Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2 almost always remain at the top, new entries such as the highly-anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 contributed greatly to the new record. CD Projekt Red, the developer of the dystopian role-playing game, revealed that their game had sold 13 million copies as of December 20th. The studio notes that the number provided accounts for all of the refunds that were issued due to a shaky launch. Despite the controversy around the game, there have likely been a lot more sales so that number will only go higher.
Other titles such as Grand Theft Auto V, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, Stardew Valley, and Apex Legends also bring in roughly 100,000 players every day.
Whilst other gaming clients such as Origin and Uplay also bring in a lot of users, Steam is without a doubt the king of digital PC gaming.