Another weekend, another unprecedented number of players concurrently online on Steam. This time, a reported 22 million of us were online yesterday, breaking the latest record only set Friday.
“Steam just achieved a new peak concurrent user record of 22 million, one day after reaching 21 million and six days after reaching 20 million,” tweeted industry analyst, Daniel Ahmad. “Global lockdowns and self-isolation due to COVID-19 has led to at-home gaming becoming a safe form of entertainment to pass the time.”
As Ahmad reports, the record of 18.5 million concurrent players – which was originally set at the height of PUBG popularity in January 2018 – has been broken several times since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. On 2nd February a new high of 18.8m was set when China went into lockdown around Chinese New Year, and then again just a week later, when 19.1m were online when CNY was extended.