Over Thanksgiving weekend 2021, Steam broke a new record as it reached an all-time peak of 27,384,959 concurrent players using games on its service.
SteamDB revealed that this new record for concurrent players occurred on Sunday, November 28, and this peak is just one of the many times in 2021 that Steam has accomplished this feat.
As of this writing, the top five most played games on Steam are Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, New World, Halo Infinite, and Team Fortress 2. Halo Infinite surely contributed to the cause, as it is free-to-play and has been long-awaited by many around the world. Since its launch, it has seen an all-time peak of 272,586 players on Steam alone.
Another big factor in Steam achieving this new all-time peak is that its Autumn Sale has begun, and it will offer fans big discounts on a ton of different games until December 1.
Steam's concurrent player record has been constantly on the rise for some time now, and its new 27 million milestone is 10 million more than the 17,155,417 it was in November 2019.
Steam's impressive 2021 is obviously built on the games that live in its store, and they have also shared in the platform's success this year. For example, Team Fortress 2 broke its own Steam concurrent record after 14 years in 2021, and Final Fantasy 14 did the same without releasing anything new. Of course, there are many factors beyond just being on Steam that accounted for these achievements, but it's worth applauding nonetheless.
Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to [email protected].