One of the fastest-growing gaming platforms of all is possibly PC. With more users dipping their toes into the experience, more companies are taking notice. As it becomes even cheaper and easier to get into PC gaming, more users are giving it a shot. While the concurrent users have only ever tracked players using Steam online, it’s still a great indicator of the player base. Considering these past few years have increased their numbers substantially, breaking the record twice in one year is no easy feat. Confirmed on Twitter thanks to Steam DB, Valve has broken Steam’s concurrent user record setting it at 27 million individual users.
Steam once again beats its online concurrent users record with over 27 million users currently online.
— SteamDB (@SteamDB) November 27, 2021
Why Has Steam Concurrent User Count Risen so Rapidly?
As stated in the tweet, the last time this happened was in March and April of this year. The 26.9 million Steam concurrent user number was recorded and thought to be the peak since 2020’s increase. Since then, Steam has seen a considerable uptick in both usage and user creation. As it costs nothing to open a Steam account, many do so to play the range of free titles Steam has to offer. Other than that, there’s also the entire catalog of PC titles available to play. With hardware becoming even easier to access in laptops and computers, it’s no wonder Steam is seeing an uptick in usage. Much like the Epic Games Store as well, Steam’s offering of free-to-keep titles has also risen user numbers. That being said, Steam’s largest growth period has still yet to see the release of the Steam Deck into players’ hands. A device that potentially draws even more users into the PC gaming ecosystem. While the device is still a bit far off after seeing a slight delay, the anticipated device is sure to bring even more concurrent players online.
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