There were people on Steam last weekend: Valve’s platform recorded a new record of registered users during the day of Sunday, November 28. While the American continent was celebrating Thanksgiving, more than 27 million gamers gathered in front of their PC to spend the holidays in the comfort of their game library …
The figures are reported to us by the American site VideoGamesChronicles.
Never without my turkey and my PC
So it’s a very, very impressive number of 27,384,959 simultaneous users that was recorded at 2 p.m. French time on Sunday, November 28 – a figure that will undoubtedly stand out. Obviously, not all were launched in the middle of the game at the same time: again according to VGC, around 7.8 million users were playing a game at the same time during that day.
This record of simultaneous users follows the previous performance of the previous day, where 27,182,165 people were connected to the platform on Saturday, November 27. It is no coincidence that so many people found themselves logged into Valve’s platform over the weekend. It was the Thanksgiving weekend, a festive period that is generally synonymous with time off for many workers across the Atlantic.
COVID-19, still a factor
Added to this is the particular context of the health crisis: with the general alert launched by the media and health authorities concerning the discovery of the new Omicron variant, we imagine that many players have opted for a weekend extended at home. Finally, who says Thanksgiving weekend also says Black Friday and the many, many game sales that go with it – the perfect opportunity to start an ever more endless backlog.
Steam users will soon be able to enjoy their PC game library in a whole new way – at least, the lucky ones. Valve recently unveiled the Steam Deck hybrid portable console: taking the format of the Nintendo Switch, this nomad runs on high-performance hardware and promises wide compatibility with the catalog sold on Steam. Initially expected for next December, it is finally during the month of February 2022 that the first copies of pre-orders will be sent.