Steam broke an important milestone this weekend. The gaming portal registered over 30 million concurrent users for the first time. At around 14:00 UTC today, 30,032,005 gamers were using the platform. Most will have been enjoying some spare time at the weekend playing their favorite PC games, but a large number would also be busy in the community, or browsing and purchasing more games through the storefront.
During weekends in 2022, concurrent users of Steam have typically peaked in the region of 27 to 29 million. The last highest concurrent user quota was at the end of March 2022, when 29,986,681 users were busy on the platform. However, as we all know, better weather in the northern hemisphere means that people get out more during the weekend, leaving their gaming dens or fortresses of solitude to gather dust. The night is again starting to draw in, and with this, Steam concurrent user figures have already nudged past that 30M milestones, even before we hit Halloween.
The PC platform is remarkable for several things, like its versatility, potential for massive amounts of CPU and GPU processing power, openness, and more. This latest Steam data, though, illustrates its durability in the face of better competition from consoles, mobile, and streaming game platforms. Moreover, there is a lot of news about PC and component sales slipping as the recession bites, but we see PC gaming is probably stronger than ever.
Should the new Steam record sheer PCs and components companies? To some degree, yes, but we have seen PC enthusiasts and DIYers that like to invest and upgrade shrug at some new releases due to pricing. In other words, PC and components makers can't just carry on like there is still a crypto-boom. Some may enjoy selling flagship components at the top of the market now, but many mainstream users will remain price sensitive.
Finally, congratulations to Steam, and we look forward to the following milestones - perhaps just after Xmas, then before the good weather returns in 2023.
A Steam platform that is also still very active in Russia and pretended their nose was bleeding when asked about the conflict and their activity in Russia.
Money is what drives Steam, not ethics. Gabe Newell needs the money so his private jet can fly him off to New Zealand when Covid puts everyone else in lockdown.
Steam falls under the definition of Monopoly and Abusive Dominant Position by many standards.
There is far too little competition, especially in Europe. Steam and Epic are both US stores that dominate the online sales of games in Europe.
The US would never accept Europe dominating billions worth of game sales in the US. Neither should Europe accept US companies dominating the sale of games in their market.
I've emailed Steam, Epic Games and Rockstar to protest against their 'software". I simply don't want high-scores, achievements, social networking, shop fronts, game offers or literally anything else they would offer thinking it provides "value".... just the DRM component and nothing else - none of them seem interested in having a super light-weight launcher.
The mind gymnastics of people is mind-boggeling. Are you going to ask water bottle manufacturers about their stance on Vietnam-US or the CIA's Intervention in Chile 1973 or illegal invasion of Iraq....Need I continue?
Keep companies out of politics. I don't think we're helping Ukraine by pressing a digital game shop's stance on a completely irrelevant matter, just because they have customers from that region!🤦♂️
I think calling Steam a monopoly is not well founded and perhaps incendiary. Valve is helping open up the operating system market at great expense of their own. (Linux/SteamOS)
We know what monopolistic practices look like Microsoft did them for decades. Apple does them now. We know what that stench smells like.
That stench is NOT flowing from Valve Inc.
...you do realise that Steam is the most favoured ou of all platforms right? In addition to having the ability to mod your games, you also have a platform that reliably stores your games.
While it does suck that they take that dat 30% cut from your game, it is definitely the place where your game has the best chance of exposure.
Really have no idea what you're saying about that Russia part considering that Valve is an American company.
And no...Gabe isn't even that rich. If he were he would have retired by now.
There just isn't anybody in Europe that is willing or able to build a competing platform.