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Over 20 Million People Were On Steam Today, Because What Else Are We Going To Do

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With more and more folks around the world being asked to work and stay at home, it’s probably to be expected that Steam would get a workout. But even taking that into account, these numbers from the last 24 hours are something else.


Earlier today, Valve’s service set a new concurrent user record with just over 20 million people logged in, with a peak of just under 6.4 million actively playing a game.

Of that 6.4 million, just over 1 million were playing a single game: Counter-Strike, which itself set a new record over the past two days, passing that seven-figure milestone for the first time in its history.


The other top games being played were DOTA 2 (700k), Rainbow Six Siege (196k), Path of Exile (115k) and Grand Theft Auto V (173k).

All of which are big, big numbers, but as this coronavirus lockdown continues to deepen, we can probably expect them to be broken in the days ahead. Then broken again, repeatedly.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs

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This is what you’ve been training for, people! This is not a drill! Now get in there, isolate yourselves, and play games like your life depends on it!