Valve’s game launcher, Steam, has set another new concurrent player record. The platform finally passed 28 million concurrent users on January 9th. The numbers were displayed on Steam’s public statics page. It shows the current record is 28,230,661.
Analyst Daniel Ahmad stated that Steam saw “strong growth” for concurrent players in 2020 due to the pandemic, and that growth has only steadily increased since then. Steam reached 27.9 million concurrent users right at the start of January, so it didn’t take long for the scale to tip over that 28 million officially.
The most popular games on the platform during this time included Valve’s own Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. This game typically tops the charts, and January 9th was not exception, peaking with 881,051 players. Dota 2 (another Valve title) followed right behind, with 748,270 peak players. Third was PUBG (351,766), Apex Legends landed fourth (237,441), and Grand Theft Auto V rounds out the top five (152,326).