Long read: Who is qualified to make a world?

In search of the magic of maps.

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy.

Steam has broken its own concurrent user record once again

28,230,853 were simultaneously online earlier today.

Valve has once again hit an all-new concurrent user peak record - this time, topping 28 million users.

It's the latest in a long-line of record-breaking stats for Valve, which first saw the number of concurrent users climb at the start of the pandemic in 2020. The all-time peak now sits at 28,230,853 concurrent players.

Cover image for YouTube videoWhat happens to your Steam account when you die? - Here's A Thing

"Concurrent users saw strong growth during 2020, due to the impact of COVID-19, but it's clear that growth also continued to persist in 2021," explains industry analyst, Daniel Ahmad, before pointing out that it's the post-Christmas period that seemingly proves particularly popular for Steam.

"Peaks reached each Jan: Jan 2019 17.6m, Jan 2020 18.3m, Jan 2021 25.4m, and Jan 2022 28.2m."

As for the games that are keeping us busy on PC? Right now CS:GO, Dota 2, PUBG: Battlegrounds, and Apex Legends are our most-played games according to Steam DB.