The world’s top PC gaming platform, Steam, has surpassed its all-time concurrent user record with a 24-hour peak at 20,313,451, according to The Verge.
This information is from data presented by the platform.
This is the first time Steam has ever had more than 20 million users online at once, of the 20 million more than 6.4 million users were actively playing a game during the peak.
The previous record only lasted for a while, and Steam outdoes itself every few months – the 19 million mark was first reached over a month ago. However, this new record is notable for the speed at which it was reached.
No notable releases from last week influenced the spike. It is presumed that the massive jump was indeed due to users staying home and logging on during the ides of the big COVID-19 mega-panic as governments all over the world have advised citizens not to be going out in public too much if they can help it.
All-time favourites like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, which hit an all-time peak of more than 1 million simultaneous players, became the most popular game over the weekend. Followed closely by hugely popular titles DOTA 2 and PUBG respectively.
Steam is expected to take further leaps in usage as the coronavirus continues to spread across the world. In New York, nightclubs, movie theatres, and concert venues have been banned and restaurants became limited to take-out and delivery only. Further legal actions urging people to stay at home will only increase in the coming weeks, creating the perfect environments of at-home entertainment and hobbies like gaming to thrive.
Edited by Luis Monzon
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