More people are playing PC games than ever
Well, at least on Steam.
According to the official Steam & Game Stats page for Valve’s game distribution service, the number of concurrent Steam users hit an all-time high on 12/29/13 with a peak of 7,679,815.
This figure eclipses the record 7 million set only a month ago, and far exceeds the 6 million mark recorded in 2012.
The game largely responsible for this new record is Dota 2, accounting for more than half a million concurrent users at any given time, drastically outpacing any other game on Steam. At the time of this writing, the runner up is Left 4 Dead 2 at just over 100,000 concurrent users, followed by Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Team Fortress 2, with Football Manager 2014 rounding out the top 5 – though The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim seems to be peeking into these ranks regularly.
Also likely responsible for this record-setting event is the ongoing 2013 Steam Holiday Sale, which started on Dec 19th. From now until Friday, logging on to Steam’s store will present you with countless occurrences of the service’s famous sales often reaching discounts of 75% off or greater. Between the Daily Deals, Flash Sales, Community’s Choice, and Yesterday’s Big Deals sections, it’s easy to see why so many people have logged on to Steam lately.
It would be interesting to see how these statistics compare to those of Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and Nintendo Network, but none of those services are quite as transparent as Valve’s. If nothing else, though, Steam’s new high-water mark shows that PC gaming is healthier than ever, even in the wake of the first holiday season of the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4.