Online gaming platform Steam saw a sharp increase in users due to lockdown conditions brought about by COVID-19. According to data presented by Safebettingsites.com, Steam set a record of almost 25 million concurrent users in April 2020, a 43% increase compared to 2019.
Steam Records Almost 25 Million Concurrent Viewers In April 2020
In April 2020, many parts of the world were under lockdown condition as the world sheltered from the Coronavirus pandemic. While many economies and industries were badly hit due to COVID-19, the gaming industry saw an upward trend in many aspects and metrics. This is a direct result of stay-at-home orders forcing people to find new forms of entertainment. At the height of the lockdowns, Steam recorded 24.54 million concurrent viewers compared to 17.13 million in April of 2019 – a 43% increase.
Number Of Monthly Active Users Increased By 42% Between 2017 And 2019
From its humble beginnings as Valve’s creation as a small platform to update its games back in 2003, Steam has gone on to become one of the gaming industry’s most recognizable giants. In 2019 Steam recorded 95 million monthly active users compared to 67 million in 2017 – a 41.79% increase.
From 7 Games to Nearly 10,000 Games
When Valve started Steam, they had a total of 7 games in their arsenal. In 2018 that number reached nearly 10,000 games cementing Steam’s place in the gaming industry. In 2019, PlayerUknown’s Battlegrounds was the most popular on Steam while on October 2020, the most popular game on Steam is Counter Strike: Global Offensive with almost 600,000 players.