Steam reaches new peak of over 6 million concurrent users

Those folks who claim that PC gaming is dead should take a look at the raw numbers that Valve is able to bring for its Steam software download service. Over the weekend, the stats page for the Steam website showed that at one point, it reached a new record high of just over six million concurrent users.

The specific number on the Steam stat page showed that in the middle of the day on Sunday, there were 6,045,925 people accessing Steam at the same time. This was likely due to the current autumn sales event, where many PC games have received big price cuts. The sale continues through today.

Valve has kept most of its numbers regarding the Steam service a secret, including just how many PC games are sold through Steam. Other services like EA's Origin, GoG.com, GamersGate, GameFly and GameStop have launched PC game download services of their own but Steam is considered to be the biggest by far.

Earlier this year, Valve started offering non-game software for purchase via Steam. However, as of this moment there are just six of those titles available for download, not counting Valve's own Source Filmmaker

Source: Valve | Image via Valve

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Awesome numbers, however I'm still thinking its quite low for a platform with so many games vs World of Warcraft (9.1 million active subscribers).

sagum said,
Awesome numbers, however I'm still thinking its quite low for a platform with so many games vs World of Warcraft (9.1 million active subscribers).

6 million Steam users were logged in at the same time, quite a bit different than total accounts.

Also, WoW is at 10 million now and I think LoL is 24+ million but that doesn't mean they're all playing concurrently.

sagum said,
Awesome numbers, however I'm still thinking its quite low for a platform with so many games vs World of Warcraft (9.1 million active subscribers).

DotA has 20M+ active players. No other games come close to it.

Also, a huge portion of these increased numbers are coming from Dota 2, a (mostly) invitation only game currently peaking at ~170k concurrent players.

Crimson Rain said,

DotA has 20M+ active players. No other games come close to it.

Also, a huge portion of these increased numbers are coming from Dota 2, a (mostly) invitation only game currently peaking at ~170k concurrent players.

The game seems polished, I have no idea why Dota 2 is still invitation only.

Lord Method Man said,

and I think LoL is 24+ million but that doesn't mean they're all playing concurrently.

League of Legends (I hate writing 'LoL') has 24 million subscribers?! Wow, that game is a lot more popular than I was aware of.

Kaidiir said,

League of Legends (I hate writing 'LoL') has 24 million subscribers?! Wow, that game is a lot more popular than I was aware of.

They aren't really "subscribers" since the game is f2p and you just need to sign up for an account.

I'm sure I'm counted in that number even though I only played it for 10 minutes about a year ago.