Steam Records Six Million People Playing PC Games At Once

If ever proof was needed of the strength of PC gaming circa 2012, and in particular the appeal of Valve's Steam service, look no further than this: over the weekend, over six million people were playing PC games on Steam.

Sure, there's a big sale on, so people are buying games like there's no tomorrow, but there's also no single MASSIVE title like there was last year (see: Skyrim). Instead, as you can see, after DOTA 2 - a game that's not even technically out yet - the list is pretty unremarkable.

It was only in January that Steam hit a then-high of five million concurrent users. To hit six within the same year shows just how popular the service is getting.

UPDATE - As some have rightly pointed out, the count records how many people are logged into Steam. While you'd think many/most would have played at some point over the weekend, it's impossible to know how many were actually playing and how many were just logged in because their system preferences boot Steam on start-up.

Steam & Game Stats [Steam]


Comments

    .....or how many are looking at the sales from the steam application on their phone.

      I was doing exactly this as I'm sure many other were.

    well then i guss im one of those 6million because i never log out of steam. infact the only time im not logged in is when im restarting my machine because of windows update xD

    Steam marketing on this always annoys me. I'm online, playing SimCity in SP mode - this shouldn't count.

      If you're playing it through the steam service, of course it counts.

    I was one of the 6 million, playing Chivalry for about 8 hours straight and loving every minute of it.

    "it’s impossible to know how many were actually playing and how many were just logged in because their system preferences boot Steam on start-up."

    Who cares? I know the article refers to people playing games but I thought the subtext was that Steam was showing a healthy PC game market. Considering that Steam is for selling PC games 99.9% of the time, the fact that this many PC users have Steam open still proves this point.

    any one know how to stop me auto logging in to steam?

      Open Steam > Settings > Interface tab > Untick "Run Steam when my computer starts"

        Although that may not have been the answer you were after.
        Next time you'e logged into Steam, click the "Steam" drop bar and select "Change user...". Put your login details in as usual but untick the "Remember password" box before finishing the log in process.
        Next time you open up Steam, your username should be retained in the username field, but the password field will be empty.

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