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New record for number of concurrent Steam users as numbers hit over 8.5 million

If you’re any kind of a PC gamer, it’s virtually impossible to avoid Steam, Valve‘s one-stop service for pretty much all games. And with the Holiday Season still in full swing in some places, it’s not surprising to see the previous record for concurrent Steam users get smashed just a few days into the New Year. The previous record occurred June 2014 when 8,020,700 people were seen using the service at the same time, but just a few days past on January 2nd when 8,500,245 people were logged being online.

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These numbers are a far cry from analysts predicting the end of PC gaming a few years ago as the community is clearly still alive and well. A big factor for those numbers are likely the combination of the Steam sales that have recently just ended and people logging on to play those games lest they remain unplayed until the next sale. The most popular games that helped achieve these numbers include perennial number one, Dota 2, with 879,827, followed by Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Team Fortress 2 and Football Manager 2015.

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Source: Gamespot

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