Steam Sets Its New All-Time High Player Count After Winter Sale
Video game sales platform Steam has kicked off 2024 with a bang, attracting an all-time high user base. Valve, the company behind Steam has kicked off 2024 shattering its own record for the highest number of concurrent users logged in on Steam at a staggering 33,675,229 users. This is an all-time high number for Steam that surpassed its previous record set in March 2023.
Steam is More Popular Than Ever Before
Steam's new record surpassed the previous record set in March 2023. Additionally, Steam achieved another milestone by reaching a peak of 10,837,140 in-game.
Steam serves as a crucial space for development studios of all sizes. Players have access to indie titles as well as early access titles that are still in development.
For major AAA titles, Steam stands out as the preferred platform for PC gamers, especially during annual sales events that offer massive discounts, though that has changed with Epic Games also offering competitive prices as well as better regional pricing in some case.
The real reason behind this surge in Steam's user base remains unknown. With no major game releases in recent memory, it could just be a case of the gaming population at large growing year-on-year.
The reasons behind Steam's dominance on PC
Steam was one of the earliest digital distribution platforms for PC gaming, having been launched in 2003 by Valve Corporation. Its early entry into the market allowed it to establish a significant user base and developer relationships, creating a strong foundation for its continued success.
Steam provides a variety of community features, including forums, user reviews, and community hubs for games. This fosters a sense of community among gamers, allowing them to share experiences, recommendations, and engage in discussions about their favorite games. The lack of these features on other storefronts is often brought up by gamers when discussing other launchers like Epic Games.
Steam is available on various operating systems, including Windows, macOS, and Linux. This cross-platform compatibility broadens its user base and makes it accessible to a wide range of PC users. The Steam Deck has also helped popularize Steam as a platform for gaming purchases for PC users.