March 30, 2020 Steam’s 22 million user peak has been surpassed.
As the COVID-19 virus continues to force more people indoors, they’ve continued to log in to Steam in enormous numbers. The platform has once again broken its own record for concurrent players this weekend, with more than 23 million logged on at peak time Sunday.
At around 14:30 UK time Sunday 29, SteamDB reports that Steam hit a peak of 23,434,674 players – nearly a million more than the record it set last week, and an enormous increase on the 20 million concurrent Steam users set just two weeks ago. Steam’s concurrent player count has been on the rise since the beginning of the year, and it’s steadily increased each weekend of the pandemic outbreak.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is far and away the game that the most users are playing at the moment. It, too, has set a new record this weekend with the number of concurrent players peaking at 1,096,442 – once again breaking the million mark after first hitting the milestone a couple of weeks ago.
In second again this weekend is Dota 2, which peaked at 743,933 on Sunday. That’s nowhere near its all-time high, however – Dota 2 had nearly 1.3 million concurrent players four years ago, and that record has yet to be broken.
Also in Steam’s top five games this weekend are PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Grand Theft Auto V, and Rainbow Six Siege. If you’re keen to hop onto the platform and try some titles yourself, check out our lists of the best PC games and best free Steam games for some ideas.
Additional reporting by Carrie Talbot.