The juggernaut that is Steam just shows no sign of slowing. The concurrent Steam users record has been smashed yet again, with more than 14 million players online at the same time on Saturday. That’s the first time it’s ever broken the 14 million threshold, indicating Steam (and PC gaming) has doubled in popularity in just three years.
At its highest point it managed 14,207,039 players, which is about the entire population of Chad, if that helps in any way. Or four million players more than the population of Greece. It’s a lot, basically.
Let’s take a little trip down memory lane to see just how impressive these figures are.
- 2012 - 5.01 million
- 2013 - 7.67 million
- 2014 - 8.02 million
- 2015 - 8.50 million
- 2016 - 12.2 million
- 2017 - 14.2 million
What makes these figures even more remarkable are the behemoths like League of Legends, Overwatch and World of Tanks which aren’t even included in these figures. Every time it looks as if PC gaming’s popularity might have plateaued, out come figures like this to prove the exact opposite. The growth is exponential and also far more impressive than a total number of players could ever be. This isn’t accounting for lapsed accounts or occasional Steam users, but the number of gamers playing on Valve’s service at the exact same time.
Unsurprisingly the most popular games reveal some familiar faces. The never-ending popularity of DOTA 2 and Counter Strike: Global Offensive continues to blow my mind, although then it’s a rather steep drop off to Grand Theft Auto V in third place.
So, do you see the pace slowing anytime soon? Is the popularity of PC gaming rocketing? Are people increasingly moving away from the rigid structure of consoles? Let us know!