As COVID-19 forces more and more people to remain home as countries go into lockdown, gaming seems to be the most popular thing to do to pass the time – as Steam reaches a new concurrent user record.
Steam has seen a massive jump in concurrent users over the past few days as people exercise more caution in leaving home and spend more time on gaming. Saturday, March 14th 2020 saw the concurrent user numbers for Steam peak at 19,728,027 – which is almost one million more than the previous record which was set in February of this year. The new record, while set on a weekend when it is likely that people are at home anyway, seems indicative of the effects of lockdowns and bans on gatherings around the world.
With the new record of nearly twenty million users, a few games on Steam also saw a rise in their numbers including Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Rainbow Six Siege and Grand Theft Auto Online too. For CSGO the peak was over one million users while Dota 2 reached a little over 700,000 – something that has not occurred since November of last year. Other games such as Ark: Survival Evolved, Monster Hunter World and Borderlands 3 also made it into the top 10 games played over the weekend on Steam.
As the Corona Virus threat seems to worsen, it is very likely that services such as Steam and many of the games which we know and love will see a huge rise in their player numbers. With schools closing and people’s offices being shutdown for a period of time, the numbers will surely rise more and more up until the world is not threatened by the virus anymore.