A new record was broken this weekend on Steam as more than 17.5 million concurrent players were online. That is a huge number of players on Steam and breaks the October record of 16 million. It was only a couple months ago that Steam broke the 15 million concurrent player mark. This has definitely been a massive year for Steam. Read on to learn more about the new Steam record that was broken and what the over 17.5 million concurrent players could mean for the platform.
More than 17.5 Million Concurrent Players on Steam- Breaks Record
The record was broken when more than 17.5 million concurrent players ended up on Steam this past weekend. It was just back in April that Valve announced Steam had more than 14 million concurrent users each day. While back then, that number seemed to be a little too high, now it all makes sense. Given that 14 million concurrent players were on Steam back in April, it makes sense that several months later, that number has climbed to over 17.5 million. It took until September for Steam to hit 15 million concurrent players, and then in October it went up to 16 million.
It seems like this is going to be a very good year for Steam, and we still have more than a month to go in 2017. For Valve, the past few months have definitely been good for Steam. If you are wondering what it was that made the concurrent player count break a record, we might have an idea about that. This past weekend was both Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekend. This means a lot of people were home and online playing games. There were also a lot of sales and discounts on Steam games, which could have brought more people into the fold.
With 17.5 Million Concurrent Players on Steam Certain Games Stand Out
We know that Black Friday and Thanksgiving had a lot to do with this. The holiday helped increase the amount of players on Steam this past weekend. The good news is that with more than a month left in the year, it is likely we will see more than 18 million concurrent players on Steam soon. One of the breakout games for Steam has been PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. This game has been one of the biggest games on the PC gaming platform.
There was almost 3 million concurrent players on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds the other day. We should be seeing this game get over 3 million concurrent players within the next few weeks. For this particular game, it broke the record for concurrent players on Steam with 1.3 million back in September.
Usually weekdays on Steam are lighter than the weekend. Which means we likely will not see another record broken until at least next weekend, although you never really know with Steam. Steam will likely see 18 million concurrent players by the end of the year. We are betting it will be sometime near Christmas, since holidays often times seem to bring in more players to Steam.
If you have yet to play PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, now would definitely be a good time to check out the game. This is one of the most popular games on the platform that was not developed by Valve. We doubt it will ever stay at the number one position, due to the other super popular games that take up the one and two spots normally. It has peaked at the number one position before, but has yet to maintain that status for longer than a day.