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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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.

Arranik
Arranik

Hard to resist steam sales.

d_khan
d_khan

@Eddie Makuch

Actually, the next advancement for Steam is "Steam for Linux" which is Valves way of reaching out to all of us who want to get away from the greedy claws of Micro$oft.

mav_destroyer
mav_destroyer

I was one of the 6 million! Awesome, right? Also, cheese cake is cool.

DarkLord
DarkLord

Steam's getting bigger and better all the time. I bet it hits over 8 million users before July!

omenjamlord
omenjamlord

Nice to see Steam getting better and better. 

pezzott1
pezzott1

dammit... i could have been one of  those 6 million if i wasnt out at the beach this weekend.

 

I hate not being one in a bunch!. o_0

Joeguy00
Joeguy00

If it is already hitting 6 million, jst wait till the Christmas sale and everyone cracks open any steamworks games they got as presents. The servers might get hit enough to go as laggy as GMG on a sale lol.

jhonMalcovich
jhonMalcovich

zo70 and SwimSwimHungry, are you in relationship or something ? SwimSwimHungry, has zo70 invited you to his place to  to play dance central on the Wii ? XD

shantyshocker
shantyshocker

oh dear we got a troll on the run causing trouble oh dear oh dear   

 

stand back people let him talk slowly its normal for a kid who has nothing to do but this sad sad child

jamesmader
jamesmader

I love the zo70 troll, such a hoot. Go suckle mummies tit and cry to your creators you little bitch

jhonMalcovich
jhonMalcovich

According to wikipedia, Steam has 54 M active user accounts, not 40.

OleanderX
OleanderX

Some of you console kids are stupid.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

Good, but the world's population has also increased by 70 since January

jhonMalcovich
jhonMalcovich

Embrace yourselves. Jealous console trolls are coming.

DeadLight2080
DeadLight2080

I like steam and always on in it ;) hope EA and Ubi soft leave their damn hubs and join steam too 

billlabowski
billlabowski

I'm always on Steam, so yes, I contributed. lol PC gaming dead? I didn't think so...

Fiscaldeal
Fiscaldeal

I just got Arkham City GOTY Edition for $7.50! That's the cost of a burrito!

toddx77
toddx77

Love steam sales.  Got torchlight, Sonic Generations, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution.  Deus Ex was only $2.99!!!  Basically a new copy for only $2.99 and a used copy at gamestop is $18 lol.

Zonno
Zonno

It's a shame I can't download more disk space for all the games I buy.

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

Everyday is like Christmas on Steam, bought, Civ 5 for like 15$, and I've never even played the games!

scout7
scout7

Publishers are starting to like PC gaming again.  Consumers get better graphics and cheaper software on PC.  Publishers have no used market to deal with, so they always get some money, even if its in the $5-15 range.  Win-Win.

scout7
scout7

Steam holiday sales :)