PC gaming is dead! That’s the sort of rhetoric you’ll keep hearing from those who favour console gaming – but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the high price and current lack of compelling “next gen” console games has probably helped PC gaming gain a bit of pre-eminence. On the back of the soon to be over sale, Steam’s reached new concurrent user records.
According to today’s Steam stats, the digital delivery games service peaked at over 8 million concurrent users today, which is about 10 per cent of the number of registered users the service has. That’s an awful lot of people.
Looking at the same stats annually, we can see that Steam – and by inference, PC gaming – gaining traction rather quickly. Steam hit 7.6 million concurrent players in December 2013, up from 6.6 million the year before – signalling some rather rapid growth for PC gaming.
To nobody’s surprise at all, Dota 2 is the most popular game on Steam at the moment, with 775,279 playing the game in the last 24 hours. Valve’s games take up the next two spots as well, with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive bagging 163,421 players, and Team Fortress with 78,227.
Those are some impressive numbers. It would be great to compare them to the Xbox Live, the PSN and yes, even Nintendo’s Network – but none of those services are quite as transparent about their numbers.
You have very, very little time left to grab those specials that are likely responsible for the jump in Steam traffic. I decided that I have too much to play as it is, so my wallet escaped the sale unscathed. If you have managed to bag some deals, let us know what you got from this year’s Steam Summer Sale.
Last Updated: June 30, 2014