Make it 7.6 Million: Steam Breaks Concurrent Users Record
Santa may have delivered new PlayStation 4s and Xbox Ones to gamers all over the world this holiday season, but those new consoles haven’t put a dent in Steam’s magic beanstalk-like growth.
The new record featured the usual suspects at the top of the most-played board (Dota 2, Team Fortress 2, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive), with one new addition: Left 4 Dead 2. Valve gave away for the co-op zombie shooter for the low, low price of $0.00 on Christmas day, and a whole lotta PC gamers were happy to unwrap Gaben’s gift. LFD2 was second to only Dota 2 among top games by player count.
Go back two years, and we were toasting Valve’s 5 million concurrent user record on Steam. Last year it was 6 million. You see where I’m going with this: Steam can’t be stopped. In fact, we just might see its numbers surge to new heights in 2014 when the living-room-centric Steam Machines hit the street.