Steam hits 17 million concurrent users, 7 million playing in game
As in 2017 steam is gaining more and more popularity. There rececnt result shows that many gamer around the world play games using steam. Setting new records for users nearly every month. After hitting 16 million online gamers in October, the deals of Black Friday deals with an assist from a little game called PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds resulted in a new high, with 17,683,804 users signed in simultaneously.
According to the tracking data over at SteamDB, the online players reached a high of 6,813,617. Those were people who were currently online and playing games, rather than just browsing through the deals on the site. Of those, nearly half (2,940,359) were enjoying some freindly multiplayer action in PUBG.
According to Steam’s figures from earlier this year. 25 million Steam users have gaming rigs that are ready for virtual reality. That figure has reach nearly doubled since 2016, pointing that widespread adoption of Virtual Reality as a gaming platform may be right around the corner.
As far as the actual games on the service go. The moster in the room is PUBG at nearly 3 million, Dota 2 comes in second with a high of 1.2 million, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is at third with 850k. It is worth noting that PUBG reached at high point in 2017. While the other two were at top out in 2016. As PCGamesN notes, the number of PUBG players is likely to cross 3 million. Once the game releases the new desert map. Then expands into Asian markets after the recent deal with Chinese publisher Tangent.
Valve has recently made its service more open to indie developers with the Steam Direct project. Gamers can also opt for projects that are still in development with Early Access, providing feedback to the developers and participating in discussions as the game reaches its final iteration.