Steam Hits New Heights With 25 Million Concurrent Users, But One Record Didn't Fall

A lot of people were logged into Steam on January 2, but the number of people actually in a game didn't set a record.

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It was a record-breaking holiday season for Steam, as Valve's digital PC storefront reached a new all-time record for most concurrent users. However, the actual number of people playing games as opposed to having the Steam client open, did not break a record.

According to Steam's own public stats, sometime around January 2, there were more than 25.4 million people logged into Steam at the same time. That's a new all-time high.

Now, this doesn't mean that more than 25 million people were playing games on Steam at the same time. The majority of accounts were idle on the day the record was broken, according to PCGamer. The site notes that 7.4 million people were playing games on Steam during the record-breaking day. This is not a record, as 8.1 million people were logged into Steam, and playing games, back in March 2020.

In terms of the games people are playing, Steam's public data shows that its own free-to-play juggernaut CS:GO remains the most popular game on the platform by far with more than 1 million concurrent players on January 4. Dota 2 and PUBG follow behind in the second and third positions, while CD Projekt Red's recently released Cyberpunk 2077 and the enduringly popular Grand Theft Auto V round out the top five, both tallying hundreds of thousands of players.

In other news about Steam, Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption 2 was named Steam's Game of the Year for 2020, with Valve's own Half-Life: Alyx picking up the VR Game of the Year award. Here at GameSpot we enjoyed Half-Life: Alyx quite a lot as well, awarding it our own Game of the Year.

And if you're looking for a deal, Steam's latest Winter Sale is now live and ending soon--and it's offering some fantastic offers on a wide range of games.

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Was it the "fastest selling?"

Only reason I come to this site.

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I find it funny that Steam's "Game of the Year" wasn't even breaking in at the top 10 games being played. Maybe it should be CS:GO. Game is awesome.

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22 million of them are playing some type of Tetris games and the others are playing 5-10 year old games like counter strike.

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@cage_92: I find it funny because PC gamers love talking about how mighty their PC rig is, and how they're playing the most badass games on the market.

But in reality, they're mostly running $500-$800 rigs. and playing late PS3, to early PS2 era games.

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@cage_92: The current top ten most played games on Steam today are: CS:GO, DotA2, Cyberpunk, Rust, PUBG, the Source SDK, GTAV, TF2, Rocket League, and Siege.

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@mogan: Cyberpunk is the newest one, but my point is still that a lot of people on Steam are playing older games.

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@cage_92: Older service games. I imagine every one of those games has seen an update, if not new content in the last few months. The most popular games are almost always service games, PC or console.

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@cage_92 said:

@mogan: Cyberpunk is the newest one, but my point is still that a lot of people on Steam are playing older games.

As they should be. When you release a game on PC, it gets the "timeless" perk and the user won't need a specific console to play it, even after decades. Also, there is no need to rebuy them all for a new console.

They stay with you. Forever.

Hope you join us in the Glorious PC Master Race. Greetings.

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@_Mel: No thanks I've been down that road before and got disappointment many times. Now and back with consoles and it's good.

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@_Mel: Also there's normally enough games that, at least for me, I don't need to play the new game right this second. This is probably one reason why the newer games don't have such high numbers. When I was on the PS4, I remember there generally being a lack of games and playing whatever comes out next because there's nothing else that interests me at the time.

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@TimmyDKJR said:

@_Mel: Also there's normally enough games that, at least for me, I don't need to play the new game right this second. This is probably one reason why the newer games don't have such high numbers. When I was on the PS4, I remember there generally being a lack of games and playing whatever comes out next because there's nothing else that interests me at the time.

Indeed. One reason for that is because as time passes, the games get cheaper. And with such a massive game library on PC, there's no need to rush for the new games.

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