Steam visits brand new concurrent user file

A few days after setting a new record for herself, Steam reached a new concurrent player record. The digital game distribution platform shows no signs of slowing down, despite competition from others.


At one time, Steam was pretty much the only digital distribution gaming platform out there, but right now, its biggest competitor is probably the Epic Games Store. The platform regularly releases free games for its players, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to dethrone Steam anytime soon.

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Valve’s new Steam concurrent user record is 30,049,264 concurrent players, according to SteamDB, which tracks the number of users across games and the platform in general. The company breached 30 million users for the first time just a few days ago, and it looks like it wasn’t a fluke as the number has grown even further. There are likely a few factors behind this growth, and Valve may end up breaking another record during the iconic holiday sales season.

One of the main reasons for Steam’s growth recently is the improved availability of PC gaming components. Due to a variety of factors, including the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been difficult for gamers to get what they need to play recent resource-intensive video games on a PC. Video cards have seen huge markups from scalpers, causing players to either spend much more than normal or wait. However, things started to stabilize recently and Nvidia introduced the RTX 4000 series, reducing demand for the less powerful but still impressive 3000 series and giving gamers more affordable options as a result.

Additionally, more games are coming to PC that players had to buy a console to try. PlayStation exclusives, in particular, have started coming to PC, in some cases a few months to a year after release, or occasionally, at the same time. Acclaimed titles such as Marvel’s Spider-Man and Horizon Zero Dawn are available on Steam, and players may visit some iconic PS4 and PS5 games on PC as a result, further boosting Steam’s user base.

While many of Valve’s game series have gone silent over the years, its gaming platform is clearly not going away. With that said, Gabe Newell and others have confirmed that Valve has several games in the works. It remains to be seen what they are or when they will be revealed to the public, but once a new Valve game is released, the Steam platform will likely see an increase in users again.

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Source: SteamDB (via Eurogamer)

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