It has been about a year since the start of the global pandemic, and many people stay home and play video games. We’ve seen Steam’s simultaneous player count break their own record several times during this stretch, and the record has been broken again.
Industry analyst Piers Harding-Rolls shared the news on Twitter, showing that more than 26 million Steam users were logged in at the same time, representing a peak for the service all the time. The number was actually a little higher than what is listed in his tweet when we checked it out, so it looks like Steam̵
Simultaneous users of the Steam platform have broken 26 meters for the first time today
Following the first lockdown growth in Q1 2020, new records were set for PCCUs in January and February 2021
Note: CCUs in the game did not match the record set in March 2020 pic.twitter.com/xVhlwy780Y
– Piers Harding-Rolls (@PiersHR) February 7, 2021
One variable, however, is how many people actually play a game at that time. This entry was not ruined today, even though it came closer than ever we have seen in almost a year.
It is difficult to say for sure why the player record was broken today, since it has been a fairly dry period for new game releases. Founders like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, Grand Theft Auto V and Team Fortress 2 continue to sit high on the charts, with over 1 million people playing CS: GO in particular, in particular. The weekend is generally the point when the player count rises the highest each week. The reason for this is pretty obvious, although release dates for games can also cause the same peaks.
The last big tip we saw in December was more sensible on paper, when Cyberpunk 2077 had just been released. It is still being mapped in February, but the total number of players has dropped considerably as CD Projekt Red continues to work to improve stability and address errors. The game’s worst problems were found on consoles. This certainly makes the PC a more appealing platform for the game, at least for now, since the next generation versions will not arrive until late 2021.