Steam has once again broken its own record of concurrent users. In November 2022, Steam almost reached the 32 million users mark but failed to surpass it.
However, on January 7th, 2023, in the first week of the New Year, Steam successfully surpassed 32 million concurrent users, shattering all of its previous records. Other than that, for the first time ever, Steam has reached 10 million concurrent players or, in simpler words, 10 million players playing any game on Steam at the same time.
Steam continues to prove that it was and is the most popular PC gaming platform that is on a positive growth trajectory. Many factors contribute to this success. The most significant is the ever-growing extensive library of PC games ranging from out-of-the-box indie titles to well-established AAA franchises like Call of Duty and FIFA.
Another factor that cannot be ignored is Steam Deck’s success, which has made the Steam game library more accessible. And it is looking very promising for Valve to dominate the handheld gaming niche, especially with the growing library of Steam Deck compatible games.
Other than this, the features that makes Steam stand out is the gaming communities within the platform and player interaction outside the games. Many features, like the Steam marketplace, groups, and workshop, contribute to building strong communities. It also allows players to communicate with each other, form communities, and access in-game items through its marketplace.
Furthermore, the reach and impact of Steam are evident as well-known gaming studios and publishers like Ubisoft, Activision, and Electronics Art have launched their own digital stores and PC platforms to make their games exclusive to it by removing it from Steam.
Still, it was not enough to compete with a giant like Steam on the PC platform, and we have witnessed that these publishers are returning to Steam again and have released their recent games, which include Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, Warzone 2.0 from Activision, and FIFA 23 from EA on Steam.
Ubisoft has also made a comeback on the platform by releasing Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Undoubtedly, Steam has become a well-established platform for PC gamers, and it would not be an exaggeration to call it the number one PC gaming platform; in 2021, Steam reached 132 million monthly active users.
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