Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekend is a huge time for gaming, not just for the US but now around the world. On Saturday, a new world record was broken. More than 17 million Steam users were playing concurrently for the first time ever, and the figure even drew perilously close to 18 million concurrent Steam players.

The peak happened on Saturday night, hitting an all-time high of 17,686,886 concurrent players. It’s only been a couple of months since the 15 million point was reached, indicating a current trend of 1+ million additional concurrent Steam players each month. PC gaming’s growth is clearly getting a head of steam, taking four years to double from 7 million to 14 million, yet rising almost three million in the last three months.

As a figure that is just insane, no doubt helped by the unending popularity of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which itself managed to almost hit 3 million concurrent. It’s now more than three times as popular as DOTA 2.

The top 10 games right now is a list of ever-presents, with the latest version of Football Manager 2018 the only new game to surface in a while. I have to say it’s impressive to see how high Rainbow Six Siege is. It was the fourth most popular Steam game over the weekend, even beating out GTA V.

  Current Player Count Peak (Last 24 Hours)  
2 456,234 814,083 Dota 2
3 177,370 577,094 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
4 41,577 66,034 Team Fortress 2
5 41,205 47,775 PAYDAY 2
6 39,796 95,402 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
7 37,812 69,241 Warframe
8 36,303 82,750 Grand Theft Auto V
9 22,823 56,937 ARK: Survival Evolved
10 21,248 56,922 Football Manager 2018

It would be really nice if we could get figures from Sony and Microsoft on how concurrent players they have on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One respectively, as a point of comparison. Even taking into account Sony’s sold 65 million PS4’s, it seems very unlikely the concurrent player count has got anywhere near this figure. Microsoft, meanwhile, has a much smaller Xbox One player base having only sold through an estimated 31 million consoles.

Were you part of the record-breaking weekend? What did you get up to?

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