Valve’s digital distribution service Steam continued to break its own records, surpassing 28 million concurrent users as of January 9th.
As reported by analyst Daniel Ahmad (tweet below), the Steam community recently helped set another record for the PC service as over 28 million players flocked to the platform. The exact number that stands at 28,230,661, marks the first time in history that Steam has hit over 28 million concurrent players – after narrowly missing out earlier this month.
Steam has reached 28 million concurrent users today.
Concurrent users saw strong growth in 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19, but it is clear that growth will continue in 2021.
Summit reached every January:
January 2019: 17.6 million
January 2020: 18.3 million
Jan. 2021: 25.4 million
Jan. 2022: 28.2 million https://t.co/iBRLqLGqAw
– Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) January 9, 2022
Since the beginning of the global pandemic, Steam has had a steadily growing fan base. In March 2020, the platform celebrated a milestone when over 20 million different players used the service.
You might have expected the mass lockdowns to peak in 2020, but those numbers have only continued to rise and have broken the record multiple times. Last February, IGN reported that the service had seen over 26.4 million players, while more records were set later on Thanksgiving weekend when over 27.3 million players were playing concurrently.
Steam’s latest record breaking success story is based on one Mixture of classic titles and powerful newcomers. As has been the case for some time now, Valve’s own Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is still proving to be an incredibly popular pick for players who sign up for the platform, while more recent releases like Football Manager 2022, Apex Legends, and Even the New World of Amazon have theirs Part contributed.
Looking to the future, Valve will almost certainly hope the uptrend will continue. While its classic titles continue to form a solid foundation for its fan base, the company could wait for the release of its upcoming handheld, the Steam Deck, to attract more players. Originally planned for 2021, the portable PC has been postponed until February 2022. While news of the handheld’s initial delay may have been disappointing at this point, fans will be happy to know that the company recently said it is still on track for the new deadline.
For more information on Steam, check out this article with the platform’s top selling and most played games in 2021.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him Twitter.