Valve’s PC gaming storefront, Steam has started off 2022 on the right foot, by kicking off the new year with yet another impressive record!
On November 28, 2021, we had reported that Valve’s PC gaming storefront, Steam had broken it concurrent player record. With 27,384,959 concurrent players logging into the platform at the same time, with 7.8 million of them in game, the platform broke its record for the peak concurrent player record.
However, that was not the first time that Steam had broken this record in 2021. And it surely was not the last time either. As of January 2, 2022, Valve has yet again broken its record of maximum concurrent player record, achieving yet another impressive feat.
To be more precise, at around 9:50 AM ET, i.e., 8:20 PM IST, on January 2, 2022, Sunday, Steam measured a peak concurrent users at exactly 27,942,458. This number breaks the record that the platform had achieved on November 28, 2021. This number is more than five hundred thousand users than the previous record.
It seems like it would now be impossible for Valve to overtake this new record. However, no matter how impressive this record might be, this is Valve we are taking about and the company has, in the past, as well, broken impressive records, time and again. And hence, it will not be surprising, if we see Steam breaking this new record with a more impressive one, in the near future.
Steam Breaks Its Concurrent Player Record, Yet Again!
For a regular on Steam, the top games being played on the platform, being played on January 2, 2022, were not really a surprise. Counter Strike: Global Offensive was unsurprisingly the most played game of the day, with the peak number of concurrent players at 867,147 players. Dota 2 followed suit, with the peak number of concurrent players at 761,107 players. Right below that was PUBG Battlegrounds with 350,000 players. Rounding up the Top 10 Most Played Games of the day were Apex Legends, Grand Theft Auto V, Naraka: Bladepoint, Team Fortress 2, New World, Rust and ARK: Survival Evolved.
There were no other significant events going on, on the platform that might have otherwise affected this record, except for the Steam Winter Sale, which will be going on till January 5, 2021. It is normal that there is a significantly more number of players on weekends who use the platform than they do, on weekdays. In addition to that, the holiday season could have been a significant contributor towards arriving at these numbers, as well as the ever growing population of PC gamers that is steadily on the rise.
This record that Steam has achieved on Sunday, establishes one fact, quite prominently. And that is this PC gaming storefront from Valve, still remains as the favourite destination for PC gamers, for the foreseeable future, at least! Even with the rising popularity of the Epic Games Store as well as the Xbox Game Pass on PC, Steam still steadfastly remains the first choice for PC gamers.