Five Million People Are Currently Playing Games on Steam

The post-New Year hangover has apparently brought with it a milestone for Steam: five million concurrent players. According to Steam stats, the numbers peaked on January 2nd, with current numbers hovering around 4.5 million.

Back in November, nearly 300,000 players were concurrently playing Skyrim on Steam. Steam’s most-played game of the day remains Skyrim, though the number of concurrent players has significantly reduced, down to 90,000. Counter-Strike and, curiously, Football Manager 2012 are roughly tied for second place, with Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3′s multiplayer coming in a distant third.

Not a bad time to be Valve, huh?

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6 Comments on Five Million People Are Currently Playing Games on Steam


On January 4, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Good thing valve is a privately held company, else Microsoft, EA, or even Ubisoft would have tried a hostile takeover years ago.


On January 4, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Steam connectivity = more ups and downs than a hooker on a Friday night.
5 Million customers relying on one centralized system for online play, sounds like its time for an Anonymous attack.

CJ Miozzi

On January 4, 2012 at 2:19 pm


Hahah, Anon would lose 95% of its supporters if it took down Steam. Remember how many people turned on them when the PSN went down?


On January 4, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Steam = just another form of control

Man Wall

On January 6, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Damn, Steam has been in the game for so long. pun.


On January 6, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Steam was a disaster when it launched. It’s clearly come a long way. Never trusted it in the past.