Free 'Left 4 Dead 2' offer causes new record in Steam concurrent users

On Wednesday, Valve gave Steam users an unexpected Christmas gift when it offered its 2009 zombie co-op shooter "Left 4 Dead 2" for free for 24 hours. That free offer has come and gone but the after effects are still being felt online with a new surge of online players for the game.

According to the Steam online stats page, the number of concurrent users for "Left 4 Dead 2" reached a peak of 134,841 players today, second only to another Valve-developed game, "Dota 2". The same page shows that the number of total concurrent users on Steam reached a new high of 7,506,268 players today. Steam broke the 7 million concurrent user mark for the first time on December 1st. Another page on the Steam site shows that the total amount of bandwidth for downloads on Steam reached a peak of 4,415 Gbps earlier today, well above normal.

Valve is still in the middle of its annual Steam holiday game sale and it's likely that the number of online users will stay elevated through the end of the event on January 3rd. "Left 4 Dead 2" is part of the sale and while it's not free anymore, it's currently being sold for just $9.99, a 50 percent discount from its normal price.

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The levels stay mostly the same, but the "AI director" changes the behavior each time you play a game. So no play-through will ever be the same.

Play on expert and the game will butt rape you with no lube.

Hello,

Blah. Not too much fun. I havent done the single player story entirely (doesnt look even remotely intresting) but online gaming is pretty here and there. A lot of *******s on servers right now that dont help out new players when they ask questions.

It was mentioned on Reddit yesterday that this could actually be a ploy to broaden the audience of the Left 4 Dead franchise prior to the release of Left 4 Dead 3. Valve pulled the same manoeuvre prior to the launch of Portal 2 by making Portal free for a limited time.

Not that anyone is complaining

Majesticmerc said,
It was mentioned on Reddit yesterday that this could actually be a ploy to broaden the audience of the Left 4 Dead franchise prior to the release of Left 4 Dead 3. Valve pulled the same manoeuvre prior to the launch of Portal 2 by making Portal free for a limited time.

Not that anyone is complaining


well obviously they had to have a reason. still a good move for them AND us. too bad i could not connect in time

Majesticmerc said,
It was mentioned on Reddit yesterday that this could actually be a ploy to broaden the audience of the Left 4 Dead franchise prior to the release of Left 4 Dead 3. Valve pulled the same manoeuvre prior to the launch of Portal 2 by making Portal free for a limited time.

Not that anyone is complaining

Assuming L4D3 actually exists and isn't a ploy to cover up development of a new Half-Life instalment on Source 2.

If they did that with Battlefield 4 I think their servers would die. They could not handle the humble bundle where people had to buy stuff and i cant even imagine if they had a great game for free

Which is why it will likely be with a lower-tier game - which EA, even since the launch of Origin, HAS done before (twice, with the UK-only free Burnout Paradise offer, and the "global" BF1942 deal). Notice that I didn't count the "kiss and makeup" deal for the bungled Simcity (2013) launch (which included both free Simcity DLC and another free game). Free BF4 (or even BF3)? No chance.

I actually got the game on my third try, but Steam was only crashing for me in the last few hours of the offer. I couldn't download anything else, and at times I couldn't even access the store in the client xD

But to hell with it, free stuff

Can't believe I didn't try this game out before. Hours of fun, just gotta avoid the noobs which there are plentiful of