A few weeks ago, Valve announced that there are over 125 million active users on their Steam service, and this weekend the service surpassed 9 million concurrent users, a new record for the service.
That’s 125 million users that Valve sees as actively using the service. What exactly that means is unclear – are these users simply logged in, playing games with a certain frequency, spending money on a regular basis? – but it at least discounts the piles of accounts that have been built and abandoned or banned over the years.
The list of games being played by the 9 million concurrent users is actually not terribly surprising. Valve standards like Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Team Fortress 2 are all on there, though the new city simulator Cities: Skylines broke the top 10 as well. Those are just 10 of the 4500+ games on the service, though the first three make up the lion’s share of the 400 million pieces of user-generated content on the service.
With Steam Machines, Steam Link, and Valve’s partnership with HTC for the Vive, we can expect these numbers to keep on growing.