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Over 9 million concurrent Steam users this weekend

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If you’re playing games on PC, you’re probably using Steam. It’s fine though – all the cool kids are as well. Valve’s online platform is the central hub for most modern PC gaming, and it seems that more and more people are battering their servers every single day. So many in fact, that they’ve gone on to break a record only just breaking infancy.

Over the weekend, Steam reached another milestone in its illustrious history by registering more than 9 million concurrent users. Yes, 9 million people all online at the same time. When Gabe Newell orders servers, he orders them right apparently. The surge in online activity is once again mainly attributed to two of the most popular online games in the world: Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

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A few other familiar names can also lay claim to the record, namely Team Fortress 2 and PayDay 2. New to the list is the surprisingly popular Cities: Skylines, which is showing EA how you launch a city simulator correctly. All of this added up to a total of 9.06 million concurrent users, shattering the previous 8.7 million record set in January by a large margin.

And it’s only going to get higher. Steam has a stranglehold on the PC market, and they’re not going to be losing their grip anytime soon. At least they’re a service everyone actually loves using. Can’t ask for much more than that now can we?

Last Updated: March 16, 2015

38 Comments

  1. Just think, Cities: Skylines could have had 31,701 people playing if it didn’t use Steam… right Ryanza? ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • RinceThis

      March 16, 2015 at 15:11

      • Hammersteyn

        March 16, 2015 at 15:13

        • Brady miaau

          March 16, 2015 at 15:46

          Yes. Maybe in a hundred years

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      • Dutch Matrix

        March 16, 2015 at 15:31

        This made my day!!! Cannot wait to get Season 1 of the original series on DVD!

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        • Captain JJ the damned

          March 16, 2015 at 15:33

          That original series. Man oh man. Some moments you can’t believe how blatantly obvious their “effects” are, but it’s just so damn cool.

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          • Dutch Matrix

            March 16, 2015 at 15:36

            I just told my fiance the other day: Series like Enterprise, Voyager etc was/is good. But Star Trek will always be Spock, Kirk et al. And I refer to Nimoy and Shatner, obviously. Pine and Quinto did an admirable job though.

          • Captain JJ the damned

            March 16, 2015 at 15:38

            I agree. I recently re-watched the original series. Still enjoyed it so much.

        • RinceThis

          March 16, 2015 at 15:39

          He’s da bomb!

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        • Brady miaau

          March 16, 2015 at 15:46

          Read the scripts (or short stories based on them, to be more accurate), then you can make up the great special effects in your head.

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          • Dutch Matrix

            March 16, 2015 at 15:47

            But I won’t have the feels of seeing Nimoy and Shatner acting it up.

          • Brady miaau

            March 16, 2015 at 16:11

            True, very true.

            But you can get tired of the hammy acting.

    • Ryanza

      March 16, 2015 at 16:23

      Ok let’s see. 250 000 people bought Cities Skyline in 24 hours. Only 31 701 people playing it and peaking at 58 000.

      So if Cities Skyline had a non DRM option at retail, sales would have been over 500 000 in 24 hours. You can’t really track non DRM people but doubling the numbers at this stage is a safe bet.

      And to answer your question. No. Cities Skylines would have had 63 402 playing if there was no Steam and DRM. Well If Steam DRM was never introduced, and PC gaming grew the way it was suppose to, then we looking at a much higher number than 63000 and much higher sales figures.

      Don’t Support DRM.

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      • SargonTheBatpandaOfAkkad

        March 17, 2015 at 10:41

        Blatant conjecture. The sort of typical nonsense we expect from Ryanza.

        Support tertiary education.

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  2. Hammersteyn

    March 16, 2015 at 15:15

    got such a cabbage taste in my mouth……

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    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      March 16, 2015 at 15:17

      I can’t believe that many people play Football Manager.

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      • Viking Of Science

        March 16, 2015 at 15:22

        It’s everyone’s dad…. that’s why….

        Also, I’m Still surprised every time I see Skyrim there, what with it being 4 years old this year…

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        • Blood Emperor Trevor

          March 16, 2015 at 15:25

          Well I guess it’s a combination of mods & exploration keeping it alive.

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        • Brady miaau

          March 16, 2015 at 15:45

          I used to, when I had more time to game, play the loads of Football Manager.

          What about Civ V, also long in the tooth.

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          • Mossel

            March 17, 2015 at 07:11

            Yes, but those guys are still playing their 3rd or 4th match on Civ V. xD Each game takes like 10-15 hours for me. I have like 50 hours on the clock and I don’t remember playing more than 4 games.

          • Brady miaau

            March 17, 2015 at 08:19

            I play about 3 to 4 hours, then stop. At this stage I KNOW I will win, so I stop. It gets boring in the end game

          • Mossel

            March 17, 2015 at 08:23

            It does when you know you are winning. But I played this one scenario where you had to win in like 100 turns and I literally went down to round 99! It was SO intense!

        • Captain JJ the damned

          March 16, 2015 at 15:47

          I played Skyrim just the other day again. Never gets old. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • hairyknees

      March 16, 2015 at 15:24

      xD

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  3. Johnny

    March 16, 2015 at 15:21

    Guys, a random question lol, I wanna buy Rugby 15 PC, but I’ve read that the SA teams are not licensed. So a while ago when the game got released I read somewhere that some bloke always releases a patch to update the player’s looks,names and skills. I can’t seem to find it, does it even exist? :I

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  4. Captain JJ the damned

    March 16, 2015 at 15:23

    I was on PayDay2 ๐Ÿ˜€
    Luckily there are quite a few people from ZA playing it, so it’s not difficult to find a nice game to join.

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  5. Dutch Matrix

    March 16, 2015 at 15:28

    I was not one of them. I was playing on Origin. Because Steam blows!

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    • Captain JJ the damned

      March 16, 2015 at 15:31

      I know why you feel this way, which sucks. But I can’t support EA.

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      • Dutch Matrix

        March 16, 2015 at 15:34

        Captain, I am not EA’s biggest fan. But what I am going to do? Not play the best game series in the world?
        I’ll hate myself more than EA.

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        • Captain JJ the damned

          March 16, 2015 at 15:34

          Oh, yes. ME. Forgot about that one. ๐Ÿ˜€
          That said though…Inquisition is calling me.

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          • Dutch Matrix

            March 16, 2015 at 15:37

            If I could, I would gift you my copy of DA:I. I just cannot get into that. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Captain JJ the damned

            March 16, 2015 at 15:39

            Eish.
            I suppose I’ll wait a bit for it. There are a few other games I’d pick before it at this stage.

          • Dutch Matrix

            March 16, 2015 at 15:46

            I dunno. My head must be too stupid to follow that game. Tactical is not my thing. I wanna blow stuff up! The bigger the gun, the better! ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Captain JJ the damned

            March 16, 2015 at 15:49

            Haha. When it comes to fantasy I tend to enjoy exploration elements.

          • Mossel

            March 17, 2015 at 07:08

            Same here, I played a couple of hours and just kinda stopped. The controls are wack and the game is actually really difficult, maybe I’m just noob.

  6. Charl van der Merwe

    March 16, 2015 at 15:30

    Counterstriking all weekend!

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    • Hammersteyn

      March 16, 2015 at 15:38

      Yeah, it’s fun when you get really stuck into just one game.It was like that for me with Planetside. Managed to tear myself away though

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