Steam hits 24.5 concurrent users, setting new record

Steam hits 24.5 concurrent users, setting new record

For the fourth weekend on the trot, Steam has attracted a record number of concurrent users.

As reported by SteamDB, Valve's PC games platform boasted 24.5m users at the same time on Sunday, April 4th. The exact figure is 24,535,923 people playing at once over the weekend.

This is the fourth weekend in a row that Steam has hit a new simultaneous user figure. At the start of March, the platform hit 20.3m concurrent users before reaching 22.7m just seven days later.

The weekend before last, Valve's service was being used by 23.4m people at the same time.

Meanwhile, the number of concurrent active users playing a game on Steam hit a new high, too. On April 4th, there were 8,126,912 simultaneous players, a sizeable increase on the previous record of 7.25m users. That was set just seven days earlier on Sunday, March 29th.

This continued increase in active players on Steam is indicative of people being under lockdown due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Many countries around the world have encouraged, or flat out told, their citizens to stay indoors in order to halt or slow the spread of the virus.

Steam isn't the only games business seeing record attention. Microsoft has said its Xbox Live, Game Pass subscription service and Mixer streaming platform have seen all-time high user figures, too.

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Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.