Steam nearly broke its February record of 18 million concurrent users on its platform. According to its own statistic tracker, the digital distribution and gaming platform peaked at nearly 20 million concurrent users before midnight.
The exact number of concurrent Steam users, to be accurate, was 19728027 users logged on at around 11pm last night. That’s an approximately one million more concurrent users, compared to last month’s 18801944 users.
As for what titles were being played, Valve’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) was the title that sat at the top of the list, with more than a million players playing at the time. Coming in at second and third place was DOTA 2 and PUBG. Borderlands 3 was also listed in the top ten titles being played at the time, but surprisingly. The game peaked at just shy of 80000 players at sits at the bottom of the list.
One possible, if not obvious reason behind the spike in concurrent Steam users can be attributed to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As governments and offices around the world implement strict health and safety measures and people increasingly begin to work from the confines of their own homes, it’s unsurprising that many of those individuals would choose to spend their free time gaming.