Gaming platform Steam continues breaking records during coronavirus lockdowns

The gaming service reached a new milestone with a new peak concurrent user count of 22 million online


Tech Desk March 23, 2020
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Life of isolation has proved beneficial for the gaming industry; Steam, a  digital video game distribution service saw a record-breaking high.

With a spike of 10% last week, the gaming service reached a new milestone with a new peak concurrent user count of 22 million online.

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Coronavirus has forced people to practice social distancing which has caused many to pick up their consoles to pass time.

This spike came at around 15:00 GMT: Mid-morning for the United States, afternoon in the UK, and peak night gaming hours in China.

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The top games at the time of the peak were Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2, Steam’s major free games. These were followed by Football Manager 2020, a popular series currently enjoying a free period until March 25th.

With an increased number of players, there is a possibility of network issues happening in the future.

This article originally published on PC Gamer.

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