Stalwart Steam games like Counter-Strike, Dota and PUBG consistently drive the platform’s numbers forward, but this latest pressure has undoubtedly been helped by the Chinese RPG Tale of Immortal which was launched in late January and placed fourth in the service̵
Modern success stories such as Rust, Valheim, Among Us and Phasmophobia have also certainly had a role to play in increasing Steam’s numbers. Valheim in particular was last week’s bestseller, beating 130,000 concurrent players in less than a week.
The growth has been quite amazing since March 2020, when Steam’s simultaneous record hovered around 20 million. Compare that to December 2020, when it hit 24 million concurrent users with the launch of Cyberpunk 2077. At the same time, Steam broke a separate record when more than 1 million players flooded Cyberpunk within hours of launch, doubling Fallout 4’s 2015 record. of almost 500 thousand users.
Our news article from 2013 when Steam broke 7 million concurrent users, gives the humble comparison now. It bodes well for Valve that Steam has finally officially launched in China – although it has 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 EU for alleged geographical blocking.
Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.