Steam, the ever-popular digital PC gaming platform, has just broken its own previous record for most concurrent players.
According to Steam’s own statistics tracker, a peak count of 19,728,027 people were using the service around 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning, a brand new record for the service.
The previous concurrent user record for Steam was approximately 18,801,944 as of February 2020, making the new record almost a jump of 1 million users.
Unsurprisingly, this also means that some of Steam’s (and owner Valve’s) most popular games have also set new concurrent players records. Valve’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (also known as CS:GO) managed to peak at 1,007,062 players, while DOTA 2 peaked at 694,829. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has peaked at 525,462 players, while Rainbow Six Siege and Grand Theft Auto Online bring up the rear.
It’s unsurprising news, to say the least, considering many people around the globe are practicing a higher level of caution in the wake of the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak, and likely avoiding public gatherings. That leaves a lot of time to play video games.
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Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer/work-from-homer for IGN.
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