Games are an incredible form of escapism and always have been. We can access them for a few hours and get lost in their immersive worlds and impeccable stories. With the fears of the spread of the Corona Virus and the widespread choice to isolate, no wonder gamers around the world are playing games. At around 14:00 GMT or 10:00 Eastern Daylight time, Steam managed to break its record for most concurrent users with over 20 million of them.
What this record means:
The previous Steam record to this was approximately 18.8 million as of last month, making today the most played Steam day of all time. This is a rise of almost ten percent, and with the release of big PC titles such as Doom Eternal next Friday, we could see this go up to even higher
What games were people playing on Steam?
Naturally enough, with steam users going online and pushing up the concurrent users, the games played would also rise. Below is the table of the top 10
|CURRENT PLAYERS||PEAK TODAY||GAME|
|861,526||1,024,845||Counter-Strike: Global Offensive|
|149,570||196,352||Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege|
|112,817||173,546||Grand Theft Auto V|
|112,071||115,421||Path of Exile|
|101,256||136,528||ARK: Survival Evolved|
|86,683||89,864||Football Manager 2020|
All of these are multiplayer Steam titles, and the majority seem to be free. Multiplayer titles such as Dota 2 and Destiny 2 can be an excellent way of getting some more social interaction in your life. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and PUBG can be a nice way of getting angry eastern European men in your life. Either way, it seems that Steam is currently fulfilling some necessary parts of everyday life until things go back to normal. In a way, its kind of a lovely thought.
What are you playing? What are you looking forward to playing? Do you plan on adding to that number on Steam?
My name is James, I’m a 21-year-old aspiring writer and the fact that you’re reading this probably means you want to know more about me(hopefully) I’ve been gaming practically all my life and pretending I know more than I actually do about them for just as long. I love talking about games just as much as I like playing them and some of my favourite games to talk about are Yakuza, Persona and Dark Souls. Feel free to let me bully you about them in the future!