Report: Steam concurrent user peaks disappeared following coronavirus lockdown

Report: Steam concurrent user peaks disappeared following coronavirus lockdown

Weekend spikes in concurrent users on Steam have all but vanished since coronavirus lockdown and stay-at-home orders hit Western nations in March.

That's according to Pavel Djundik, the creator of SteamDB, who revealed his findings on Twitter (below). Previously, Valve's platform would attract more players on weekends when people are off work. Since lockdowns, simultaneous user stats have stayed more consistent and flat as people have stayed at home in order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Head over here to see Steam's concurrent player data.

Since the start of 2020, Steam concurrent users have risen owing to – you guessed it – coronavirus. In April, the platform hit 24.5m simultaneous players, a record for Valve's PC service. This followed a surge in popularity on consecutive weekends before this started to flatten out.

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