Steam hits record 6 million concurrent users

Autumn sale and DotA 2 trigger activity surge

Valve's Steam platform hit a new milestone over the weekend when over six million users were logged into the service at one time.


The user count, which was spotted by a NeoGAF user, peaked at 6,046,104 users.

The figure likely a result of the ongoing Steam Autumn Sale. Over last year's Christmas period, Valve offered blockbuster releases such as Skyrim for rock-bottom prices. The sales pushed Steam's concurrent user base to over five million.

The ongoing beta of Valve's DotA 2 also attracted a significant number of users, peaking at 170, 248 players. Other top games - from Football Manager 2013 to Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike and Black Ops 2 - also picked up hundreds of thousands of users.

Valve has been rapidly expanding its digital platform recently. In addition to launching a Steam Linux client beta and a big picture mode - which is being used by 500,000 people at last count - Valve has branched out into crowd-funding indie games and culture oriented multimedia content.