Steam has broken previous records, and today, Sunday, October 23, a total of 30,012,957 users were online at the same time. This is a listing courtesy of Steam (Opens in a new tab)even SteamDB (Opens in a new tab) slightly higher score: 30,032,005.
That’s roughly the population of Ghana, the 48th most populous country in the world.
The steam has been rising for a long time, but only exponentially since 2020, when the Covid lockdown caused the numbers to rise in large waves. Although it is impossible without an in-depth analysis, these gambling habits have remained much longer than one might expect. Steam’s rapid growth in recent years outpaces past growth: by comparison, it took Steam 14 years to reach its peak of 15 million concurrent users in 2017, but just 5 years for the next 15 million.
In January 2021, Steam passed the 25 million mark after a full year of new records. By the time I vowed to write more stories about Steam discs, we’d been writing them all year and I was sick of it. It was no longer news, but given. “With this barrier broken, it looks like Steam’s numerical exploits are becoming more ‘inevitable’ than ‘news’. I’ll get back to you when Steam hits 30 million players,” I said. (Opens in a new tab)
True to my word, I’m here. We are 30 million behind the other (Opens in a new tab) little (Opens in a new tab) the years (Opens in a new tab) of (Opens in a new tab) growing taller (Everything reported by my colleagues, I note. To be honest it’s because I am, and you would be too if you remembered to do so).
And, well, there you have it. A remarkable new high for a section of our hobby.