Yesterday, January 7th, Steam hit a new all-time record for concurrent users online showing that nothing can stop Valve's growth here thanks to the popularity of video games.
Who knows, perhaps even the Steam Deck has been helping push up the overall Steam user numbers. Wouldn't be a surprise there, considering that it does enable you to play more games wherever you are. I know I've been playing more since the Steam Deck released - have you?
The new record is 33,675,229 according to SteamDB, with the previous record of 33,598,520 hit back in March 2023. At the time of the new record 10,653,243 people were actually in-game.
Additionally, Steam had another record-breaking year in 2023 with 14,528 games being released versus 12,558 in 2022 and 11,388 in 2021 and 9,746 in 2020 and…you get the idea. Number goes up. SteamDB again tracking those numbers making it easy to see at a glance with 2019 being the odd one out there but the overall trend is that every year more and more games are being released on Steam since anyone with $100 can put something on Steam.
I used to think it was an issue, because there's an increasing number of (for lack of a better word) — junk. However, the low barrier to entry, and lack of direct curation by Valve, allows some truly unique stuff to appear and at times do really well. Valve having a more hands-off approach is probably better in the long run, as long as there's good tools for users to discover games they might be interested in, which Valve are gradually improving over time.
In case you missed it: Steam Deck also hit over 13,000 playable games recently too!
How do you feel about so many games releasing each year?