What happened now? Steam broke the record for concurrent users on Sunday, with over 27 million individual accounts registered on the platform concurrently. Several factors contributed to this achievement, including the Fall Steam Sale and Thanksgiving weekend.
SteamDB reports that Steam broke the record for concurrent users yesterday at 7:00 AM PT / 10:00 AM ET, when 27,384,959 people logged in simultaneously. And while 7.8 million of them were in the game, that’s still below the record 8.1 million concurrent players in the game since March 2020.
At the time the record was set, the largest number of concurrent players were CS: GO with 915,791 players, Dota 2 with 677,744 players, and PUBG with 344,841 players. New World, Apex Legends, Team Fortress 2, and Halo Infinite have also helped increase the number of concurrent users. Meanwhile, Cyberpunk 2077 is now the world’s best selling player and has received a very positive rating in recent reviews, which followed shortly after CD Projekt Red President Adam Kicinski said the game would be “very good.”
Thanksgiving weekend is always full of users on Steam. The platform is also in the middle of a fall sale – check out some of the best deals – which are attracting more people than usual. Those who managed to acquire some new PC hardware at Black Friday sales might also want to test their new hardware on a few games.
Steam has broken the concurrent user record multiple times since the pandemic began early last year; by comparison, there were just over 17 million concurrent users on Steam in November 2019, down 10 million from yesterday. The previous record for the number of concurrent users was set in February 2021, when 26.4 million people were authorized on the service.