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Published on January 3rd, 2012 | by Dan


Steam Hits 5 Million Concurrent Users

Did everyone enjoy the Steam Holiday sale? The numbers would support that it was a smashing success. Steam peaked at 5 million concurrent users yesterday. Looks like everyone who had the day off put it to good use with some PC gaming before heading to work today. There are still 3.8 million concurrent right now! The best part is there were no hiccups in service even under all that 5 million player load.

What games are people playing during this all time high for Steam? Skyrim is leading the way by nearly a factor of two over the second place game, Counter-Strike (the original). Skyrim having almost infinite replayability is definitely a factor here. Coming in at third is Modern Warfare 3, fourth is Football Manager 2012 and in fifth place the ever-present Counter-Strike: Source (populated mostly by KBMOD podcast guru Scott). Clearly whatever is ailing PC gaming isn’t effecting Steam or Origin.  Origin doesn’t release user numbers but with Star Wars: The Old Republic running through it along with Battlefield 3, it has to be busy as well.  No small wonder digital sales are eclipsing traditional sales in recent trends.

What did you guys pick over the crazy holiday Steam sales?  Let us know in the comments!

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8 Responses to Steam Hits 5 Million Concurrent Users

  1. TesticularPower says:

    Finally got my hands on Killing Floor (awesome game btw) gotr as well Bastion, Magica and Orcs Must Die

  2. I grabbed Fallout 3 GoTY, Bastion, Fallout: NV DLC, and KOTOR. For $30. Had to save money, but still, that’s ridiculous.

  3. TastesLikeDees says:

    i got the id complete pack, half life complete pack, borderlands, deadspace 2 and monday night combat. so much to play!

  4. jacwah says:

    I picked up:
    Valve complete pack (<3)
    Garrys mod
    Frozen Synapse
    Dungeon Defenders
    And Humble-bundle #3 and #4 (not on Steam though)

  5. Dan nipnops says:

    I picked up Fallout: New Vegas, Magic: Duels of the Planeswalkers and something else. I wanted to buy a lot more than that.

  6. Trikay says:

    ” The best part is there were no hiccups in service even under all that load.”
    Valve had a ton of hiccups during the sale tho. First day of the sale Valve’s servers crash and the majority of people couldn’t access the Steam store.

    Downloads have been incredibly slow for some games, LA Noire taking 26 hours download, And Yet it Moves taking 8 hours etc.

    Steam is great but they need to invest in better servers (if servers like that even exists) or give us P2P downloading just like Blizzard has done.

    • Dan nipnops says:

      I wasn’t referring to during the sale, I was talking during the peak user load. the graph stays steady. All my downloads were done in less than ten minutes.

      • Trikay says:

        That’s why I started my comment with “Valve had a ton of hiccups during the sale tho.”. It handled the load great when it peaked but Steam had issues during the sale, at least for me and all other people I have talked to.



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