Steam hits 6 million concurrent users

New all-time high for simultaneous player usage through Valve's service recorded over the weekend; up from 5 million in January.

PC gamers set a new Steam record this weekend. According to the official statistics page for Valve's online service, there were more than 6 million members concurrently logged in to the service this weekend, representing an all-time high.

The exact peak simultaneous user figure of 6,046,314 was logged around noon on November 25. It is one million stronger than the 5 million recorded in January and 4 million logged in September 2011.

Launched in 2003, Steam is Valve's digital distribution hub, and it currently boasts 50 million users. Presently, there are over 1,800 titles from various publishers available for purchase and play through the online distributor.

The next advancement for Steam is its Big Picture mode. Currently in beta, the service allows users to browse, purchase, and play all Steam games through TV sets they already own.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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hobotech64
hobotech64

PC gaming isn't dying, quite the opposite in fact: It's keeping gaming alive.  For every AAA FPS game that's released on the consoles, Steam has tens of thousands of diverse games, indie or otherwise, being promoted and sold.  I'm glad that years down the line I'll still be able to play Doom and not worry about abandoning the platform, like a lot of Wii users are doing right now.

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

I'm a happy Steam customer for a few years already because they just offer such a great service and have continuous sales and special offers and steam as "copy protection" is acceptable enough, because I have very rarely any problems. (like twice a year or so, if at all)

 

If I had a wish to make, it would be that games released on Steam must only use Steamworks as copy protection and no additional 3rd party nonsense.

Then I could blindly click those "add to cart" buttons, because as it is now, there's still caution on my end required. (Games for Windows Live, 3rd party launchers and external account registration / verification, activation limits, ...).

 

Besides that (and GoG) it's pretty much all I'll ever need.

Want to play games the "console way", from the couch on your PC - switch to the bigscreen TV and attach a controller to the PC. (it puzzles me why people buy consoles anyways)

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

The exact peak simultaneous user figure of 6,046,314 was logged around noon on November 25. - I was on Steam more than usual this weekend.

gladin09
gladin09

*Cough* Steam Sales *Cough* hmmm what was that?

Lamachina
Lamachina

can't wait for the next gen consoles to go heavy on digital downloading too.  it will mean the death of GAMESTOP. i'd love to see that corrupt chain die

jeremyc99999
jeremyc99999

Nice. I literally just signed up Friday to get the new King's Bounty, not knowing it was on sale for 50% off. I'm totally loving Steam, but it's going to put a big dent in my wallet.

ricardo3200
ricardo3200

steam sales are amazing, i don´t really get the hate on consoles, as i like to play some ps3, not everyone has a pc to run games on good settings

rmartinezdl
rmartinezdl

I have over 200 game son steam now, joined last year, my steam account worth is $1,750, of course ive not spent all that money, but lets say that overall I buy all my games %66 (because some I buy at 75%, some at 50% and some at full price). that is $600, who would have said I would spend $600 in games, i used to be one of the worse pirates in history lol, so glad i found steam, love valve!

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

Get a PC Rig, hook it up to your TV via HDMI, pick up a 360 controller... And it's lights out for the consoles. You could never go back to the restrictions that come with consoles. Unleash the freedom.

Zloth2
Zloth2

Steam has definitely changed gaming for me.  Pre-Steam, I would look at games when they came out and decide whether or not to buy them then.  Every once in a blue moon I would find one on sale and get it but that was EXTREMELY rare.  Most games were either full price or not at all.

 

Then Steam came along.  Still pretty much the same thing... until the first holiday sale.  Suddenly, all these games that looked good but not worth $50 were selling for $20 or even $10!!  Games that I would write off before are now just delayed until they become "worth it to me."  It's led to me playing a much larger variety of games.

 

Steam isn't alone now, though.  Amazon and Green Man also have great deals.  Impulse, now owned by Gamestop, will sometimes give a good deal, too.  And GOG is sitting out there with all of its old, classic games making retro-gaming fun, easy, and a lot less morally dubious.

Sw1tched
Sw1tched

I just bought my first game on it 2 days ago

deth420
deth420

great services, yield profits!!

 

Im another that just this year started using steam...its excellent! I was always a hard copy guy, but this is just fine.

 

games are easy to access, Services is pretty smooth, I dont have to be subjected to the hell that is gamestop!

 

plus i have stopped pirating a lot of games(EA, Ubisoft ill never stop downloading urs...even though i dont actually play them, I just take them to piss you off! ;) to help support company's that i enjoy. 

Vuud
Vuud

does this mean it's too late to stop the gayben?

Halloll
Halloll

GOG is the best marketplace for me. not many games but no DRM and doesn't require a third party software. how many users do you think origin have?

M-S-M-S
M-S-M-S

Steam totally changed my gaming purchase habit. If once I used to buy 2-3 games each year, I find myself today buying at least one game each month. And the sales... oh, the sales...

Valve did an amazing job in creating the best platform for buying, interacting with the community, mod support etc. in the PC market.

I just wished they could implement a system in which you can get some refund on old games, which can later be used to purchase new once. Something similar to GMG, which offer this for some games.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

I don't care much about Steam sales,, 

I prefer to buy the games at launch,, on Steaam

 

=P

holtrocks
holtrocks

And some of you say PC gaming is dead/dying hahaha

SolidTy
SolidTy

I have a lot of games on steam, but lately I've been so swamped I hardly get to play! :(

AlphaWolF_J
AlphaWolF_J

its quite simple really. Its because the PC community is growing I personally know 2 friends that hung up there console boots and bought a PC this year without any suggestions from me, apart form hardware advice & getting me to build one of them.

When gamers grow up the cast aside there petty toys and buy a real game machine that has no limitations.

Just saying! 

shingui5
shingui5

yeay for steam and everything, but man i feel cheated.

 

I bought Witcher 2 yesterday for £10. Installed last night, then went to uni today. Got back on PC to play witcher, found out the price dropped to £4 :/ 

F you valve >_<

 

Also, i missed an opportunity to buy Desu ex for £3.50.

Shadowsnake
Shadowsnake

This is because Steam knows how to have a sale. Many of the Gamestop games currently 'on sale' for Cyber Monday are even less on Steam. In some cases for half off Gamestop's 'sale' price.

Hurvl
Hurvl

 @Toysoldier34 You should know better than being sarcastic on the internet! When only writing a short a statement like that, it's inevitable that people will (want to?) misinterpret it, thinking you're serious and/or a troll/console fanboy.

SANDMAN201
SANDMAN201

 @Toysoldier34 Oh, PC Gaming has been around far longer than your console crap and will be around for far longer. Don't say it's dead kiddo learn your facts boy.

wexorian
wexorian

 @Toysoldier34 how it's dead? League of legend have daily 10 million users, Battle net, Steam, Origins even has Million daily users fromn PC so it's Not dead.

jmmijo
jmmijo

 @Halloll

 I would agree with the DRM free aspect, however, since my bank now rejects any transactions that originate from Cypress I'm outta luck.

 

No I refuse to use scampal so don't say it...

 

I know they have looked at other cc authorization services but I'm sure it's all about the transaction fees.

 

Luckily I was able to still purchase a few titles last year before my card was rejected.

 

For me however Steam will remain my service of choice.

decoy1978
decoy1978

 @M-S-M-S I'm in the same boat as well!

 

Before Steam, I had a giant problem keeping track of CD-keys and games that I would play. Since Steam does all the housekeeping for me, I find that I am purchasing more digital titles than ever.

 

 

omenjamlord
omenjamlord

 @holtrocks As a both PC, more  console gamer Id like to apologize for the lack of appreciation that Steam and its community have for its PC gamers regarding those who claim its dead, especially our new trolls expressing their matureness. They do not represent the community. 

Halloll
Halloll

 @AlphaWolF_J I have to agree with you on that PC have no growth limit seeing how a game like Planet Side 2 that is made by Sony would work on PC but won't work on consoles. but please don't call console games petty toys. some of the best games I played are console games.

YoungCardinal
YoungCardinal

 @shingui5 I play it smart when it comes to these awesome Fall/Summer sales.

 

When I see advertised sales that aren't daily deals or flash deals, I hold off on them until last minute. Patience is key when you want to get the best deal.

 

I picked up Borderlands 2 the day it was 50%. I had a feeling it would be a daily deal so I waited.

If by today it wasn't a daily deal I would have bought it at 25% and enjoyed the already good deal it was.

alien33
alien33

 @shingui5

 Well, you missed a better deal, it's happened to me too... Can't do anything about it. But don't blame Steam man! They are the ONLY online service that offers new games with 50%+ discounts, not to mention thousands of older games for ridiculously low prices! I love Steam, they are the best!!!

zzamaro
zzamaro

 @Shadowsnake Do you det a disc, case, and manual on steam? No? Besides, Amazon has by far better deals than LameStop..

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

 @SANDMAN201 @wexorian @bloody-hell @Booshon LOL To all those where sarcasm is lost. Please take note of my icon, from Team Fortress 2, a PC game. I am a PC gamer. I am well aware of the success of PC gaming. I own just under 400 games on Steam, and have been playing League of Legends since beta and am a Platinum player.

 

Also, don't call people kids, or kiddo. It really only makes you look bad and is a childish insult at best. I have been gaming since the NES came out.

jmmijo
jmmijo

 @Halloll  @AlphaWolF_J

 I agree to some extent, I have Burnout Paradise on both the PC and the PS3, it simply rocks on the PS3 due to the controller layout.

 

Mind you it helps that I play it on a 40 inch HDTV as well.

 

For most of my gaming needs however it's PC gaming, you can't really say how much fun you can have playing Skyrim on the PC with all the freaking mods :)

mlcarter815
mlcarter815

 @alien33  I love Steam, but they aren't the only one. Amazon beats them quite often on sales and gmg and gog both are great places for game deals. 

Xenuri
Xenuri

 @jmmijo  

 

Why don't you just buy a couple of extension cables for the TV and controller? problem solved!

jmmijo
jmmijo

 @theend3r  @Halloll  @AlphaWolF_J

 yeah rly ;)

 

My console and pc are both oriented in my room the wrong way, the face each others back sides.

 

I can always connect up a controller to my PC but whats the point when I would rather play certain games on the PS3 on that HDTV.

 

One of these days I may remodel my room to be rectangle shaped instead of L shaped.