Valve has had a very, very good year with Steam. The company has broken its record for the number of concurrent users yet again; this time clocking some 17.5 million people online over the weekend.
Steam has been averaging about 14 million concurrent users per day, with the number peaking to 15 million in September and 16 million in the following month. The trend held into the US Thanksgiving weekend in November with the number hitting a high of 17,686,886 players.
Despite the number of players, there were only 6.9 million people actually in-game. A third of those players were on the current smash hit PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Even the ever popular Dota 2 came a distant second with a peak of 814,000 players. Numbers that are really quite ridiculous when it comes to multiplayer games.
The upward trend in concurrent players cannot possibly maintain this sort of growth going into December. That said, we wouldn’t be surprised for Valve to end up reporting 18 million concurrent players next month. After all, it’s only a stone’s throw away from that number at the very end of November.
[Source: PC Gamer]