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Steam breaking records again hitting over 36 million players online

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You all sure love your gaming huh? Valve has seen Steam repeatedly break records recently and yet again, another weekend saw another surge of players.

In early March Steam first crossed 34 million online, then a week later 35 million, and now here we are another week later seeing a peak of 36,354,393 people online (from SteamDB). At the time 11,576,186 players were actually in-game too.

Over the last 24 hours the top games for peak players were:

  • Counter-Strike 2
  • Dota 2
  • PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS
  • Apex Legends
  • HELLDIVERS 2
  • NARAKA: BLADEPOINT

One surprising game I saw rise up recently is Supermarket Simulator (launched February 20th), which hit a peak of 51,363 players on Sunday. You just never know what's going to be suddenly popular any more. 

What do you think is causing such massive surges recently?

Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
Tags: Misc, Steam, Valve
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scaine Mar 18
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Looking at the top 100 games, it's dominated by multiplayer titles. A few single player games stand out, like Slay the Spire and a handful can be played single player, but there's a big focus on gaming together there.

I think that's all it is. There are so many games that encourage group gaming now, so we're seeing this rise in numbers, both from organic growth, but also from a desire to play with others, either against them (battle royal, or team games like DOTA, PUBG or CoD) or together (co-op focused games, like Helldivers).
Maybe Supermarket Simulator lets you imagine a supermarket without all the recent price hikes . . .
Quoting: scaineLooking at the top 100 games, it's dominated by multiplayer titles. A few single player games stand out, like Slay the Spire and a handful can be played single player, but there's a big focus on gaming together there.

I think that's all it is. There are so many games that encourage group gaming now, so we're seeing this rise in numbers, both from organic growth, but also from a desire to play with others, either against them (battle royal, or team games like DOTA, PUBG or CoD) or together (co-op focused games, like Helldivers).
Hm. This could be a problem for Linux and the Steam Deck, since those games are more likely to have anti-cheat that won't work on Linux.
Minux Mar 18
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