After breaking 26 million concurrently in April, Steam has now set a new record, with 27,384,959 accounts logged into Valve’s launcher simultaneously, as counted. SteamDB, Of those, there were 7.8 million in-game at the time, down from a record 8.1 million since March of 2020, but there are still plenty of people playing CS:GO.
Thanksgiving weekend certainly helps push the numbers up, as Americans do seasonal tech support for their families by turning on computers that sit idle in someone’s den or for months while Steam automatically logs on. . So have the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale, and all those people are buying Cyberpunk 2077 while it’s at half price and then leaving ‘very positive’ user reviews. (It’s still the top global seller on Steam, and it recently received 22,579 reviews, 84% of which are positive.)
The top games today by peak player count were CS:GO (915,791 players), Dota 2 (677,744), and PUBG (344,841). Halo Infinity managed a respectable 146,212 players, and although many of them were fraudsters driving Xbox players to demand that they be allowed to opt-out of crossplay, it was too many.