Valve has once against smashed its own record for the most concurrent users on its Steam platform.
Though not confirmed, it's speculated that the release of Cyberpunk 2077 (opens in new tab) and another rise in COVID-19 global cases has seen more people stay home and jump online than usual.
Steam's upward trend began in January when Chinese nationals began to self-isolate at the start of the COVID-19 crisis. On February 2nd, Steam's previous record of 18,537,490 users – set in January 2018 – was surpassed (opens in new tab), smashing the existing record by an impressive 300,000 to peak at 18,801,944 players. It's gone on to be broken several times since, including a weekend in March which saw numbers breach 20 million for the first time (opens in new tab), and then 22 million just a week later (opens in new tab).
As we reported earlier this week, Cyberpunk 2077 is the new most-played game on Steam (opens in new tab), overtaking the likes of Dota 2 and CS:GO with over one million concurrent players, even though it's purely single-player.
The new player stats from Steam came on the day that Cyberpunk 2077 officially launches worldwide, with its player count peaking at precisely 1,003,264, making it the most-played game on the entire platform.
Not only does this mean that Cyberpunk 2077 overtakes multiplayer giants like Dota 2 and CS:GO, but it's also set another concurrent player record on Steam for the most-played single-player game. As SteamDB (opens in new tab) showed at the time, Cyberpunk 2077 peaking at just over 1,000,000 active players on Steam puts it head and shoulders above both Terraria, which held the previous record at 490,000 players, and Fallout 4 at 473,000 players.
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