Steam has once again broken its own concurrent players record, with over 26 million people logged in at once.As reported by PC Gamer, Valve’s digital distribution service hit an all-time high over the weekend, managing 26.4 million users logged in at once on Sunday. It only set the previous record last month, with 25.4 million people online at one time. The rise is no doubt propelled by ongoing lockdown measures across the world pushing more people into gaming at home.

Stalwart Steam games like Counter-Strike, Dota and PUBG are consistently driving the platform’s numbers forward, but this recent push has been no doubt aided by the Chinese RPG Tale of Immortal which launched in late January and is sat in fourth position in the service’s top 10.

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Contemporary success stories like Rust, Valheim, Among Us and Phasmophobia have also certainly had a part to play in boosting Steam’s numbers. Valheim in particular was last week’s top seller, cracking 130 thousand concurrent players in less than a week.

The growth has been pretty phenomenal since March of 2020, when Steam’s concurrent record was hovering around the 20 million mark. Compare that to December 2020, when it smashed through to 24 million concurrent users with the launch of Cyberpunk 2077. At the same time, Steam broke a separate record as more than 1 million players flooded onto Cyberpunk within hours of its launch, doubling Fallout 4’s 2015 record of nearly 500 thousand users.

Our news article from 2013 as Steam broke 7 million concurrent users makes for quite the humble comparison now. It bodes well for Valve that Steam has finally officially launched in China – although that’s not been the smoothest process, and may continue to be tough for Chinese players after concerns about lost games arose. In other Steam news, the service was recently fined by the European Union for alleged Geo-blocking.

Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.





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