Steam reaches 7.6 million concurrent users

Figure is up from 7 million earlier this month.

Steam, the online service from Half-Life and Portal studio Valve, continues to set records.

More than 7.6 million of Steam's 65 million members logged in yesterday, December 29, setting a new record for peak concurrent usage. This is up from 7 million recorded over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and a high of 6 million in 2012.

The data comes from Valve's own Steam Statistics page, which reveals the exact peak figure was 7,678,758, recorded at around 12 noon yesterday. Right now, there are more than 5.7 million people logged onto Steam.

Valve's own free-to-play title Dota 2 continues to be the most popular game on Steam. More than 538,000 people are playing the game right now. The next closest is Left 4 Dead 2 with more than 75,000 people playing currently. That game was free to download on Christmas Day.

The 2013 Steam Holiday Sale launched on December 19 and ends on Friday, January 3. Highlights for today include Spelunky for $3.49, Fallout: New Vegas for $2.49, and Mass Effect 2 for $5.99. Check out the full deal page for more.

While Valve is known to openly share user data for its Steam games, platform holders like Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo are less forthcoming about concurrent player levels.

The latest data from Microsoft says Xbox Live has 48 million members, while the PlayStation Network boasts 150 million registered accounts. It's unknown how many people have a registered Nintendo Network ID.

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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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Vivek Sharma
Vivek Sharma

They need to expand their servers MOAAAAAR !

Nick Preveza
Nick Preveza

Rockstar Games be like "PC HAZ NO GAMERZ... WE LIK DA CONSOLEZ...DONT PIRAT AR GAMEZZ"

Graham Schofield
Graham Schofield

Yep I was...and once again I blew too much cash in the Steam sale!

Brandon Johnson
Brandon Johnson

Oh no. I paid $10 for TF2 and thousands of people got it for free. I'm not complaining haha

Joseph BmrSnr Jacobs
Joseph BmrSnr Jacobs

Yep. I'm like always logged on. I was on for the 6 Million and the 7 Million as well :D

Luis Rodriguez
Luis Rodriguez

7.6 million more gamers than xbox 1ers and ps4ers combined

Josh Tarle
Josh Tarle

It probably logged me in against my will with a hidden background service to send tracking info to their servers.

theKSMM
theKSMM

These comments degenerated quickly into a "consoles vs. PC" flame war, which is only slightly less mind-numbing than the age old "PlayStation vs. XBOX" flame war.  Why does it hurt you guys' feelings if somebody else chooses a different path for their gaming needs than you've chosen?


Anyway, back on topic, I'm not surprised at the growth of Steam.  Even console gamers probably have access to a low-end gaming-capable PC -- I'm assuming people don't access this site from their consoles -- and playing top-tier games for $10 or so is pretty sweet no matter what your gaming preferences.

Jean Arias
Jean Arias

Yup we got L4D2 for free and also crashed Steam for a while

Kurt Kuppens
Kurt Kuppens

im always logged in steam so guess so lol

Mike Emerson
Mike Emerson

heh that would explain why I couldn't connect to the store lol.

Rino DeGuida
Rino DeGuida

Yup, I was. Bought 3 games including l4d2 which is free

Jak Gibberish
Jak Gibberish

It is because Steam is the best out there. It is why both PSN and Xbox copy the hell out of it!

Phil Deakin
Phil Deakin

what number are steam accounts upto now ? when I stopped playing CSS/CSGO the 63 millers were about.

WarGod667
WarGod667

hahaha, made me laugh, maybe not in the way meant by you, but i find the "MUSTARD RAEC" to be quite annoying when they dont get why some game are more fun on a console.