It's hard to say whether the trend will continue upward next weekend, but according to analyst Daniel Ahmad, the month of January regularly serves as a good bellwether of growth for Steam. Ahmad also noted that, in general, Steam concurrent users had "strong growth" throughout 2022 thanks in part to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Steam hit 28 million concurrent users today.— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) January 9, 2022
Concurrent users saw strong growth during 2020, due to the impact of COVID-19, but it's clear that growth also continued to persist in 2021.
Peaks reached each Jan:
Jan 2019: 17.6m
Jan 2020: 18.3m
Jan 2021: 25.4m
Jan 2022: 28.2m https://t.co/iBRLqLGqAw
As for what video games folks are actually playing on Steam right this moment, the popular Counter-Strike: Global Offensive remains on top of the pack with 797,438 players. Just below that is Dota 2 with a significant, 500,000 drop to Apex Legends below that. The usual suspects follow with PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS, Rust, Grand Theft Auto V, New Worl, ARK: Survival Evolved, Football Managers 2022, and Team Fortress 2 rounding out the current top 10 in order. All of that comes from Steam's very public page featuring those statistics.
As noted above, the new concurrent users record for Steam is set at 28,230,661. It had been set at 27,942,036 until today, though that number was only reached last weekend.
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