Valve’s storefront may have changed the way we purchase digital games, but no one could have foreseen the immense success it would have back when it first launched. After breaking it’s all-time concurrent peak player count back in April this year (26 million), Steam peaked at around 27 million concurrent players over the weekend.
Obviously, the Black Friday/Autumn sales event dramatically helped, but it is still quite impressive especially now that we have more alternative storefronts to choose from, and it’s clear that nothing is coming close to achieving the same success as Steam. Interestingly, of that 27.3 million only 7.8 million were online and in-game, which is slightly less than the record 8.1 million in March 2020.
Unsurprisingly though, the top games didn’t change. The top spots were dominated by Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, DOTA 2, andPUBG Battlegrounds, respectively. Battlefield 2042 has seen a steady decline in players since launch, but still managed to achieve an all-time peak concurrent player count of 105,397. However, Farming Simulator 22 managed to just overtake that same record at 105,636 all-time peak concurrent players.
Lastly, the top sellers for the week were Farm Sim 22 at number one, BF2042 followed closely behind, and then Cyberpunk 2077 and Red Dead Redemption 2, which both soared to the top charts thanks to massive discounts (both are currently $30 until December 1st, in case you were wondering).
What do you think? Are you surprised Steam has once again broken it's all-time peak concurrent player count? When do you think it will be broken again? And by how much? And are you also surprised by some of the player count/top seller stats? Let us know!