Steam has once more broken its concurrent player record, reaching 20 million simultaneous users earlier today.
Steam Database announced the new record (thanks, PCGN), opining that “likely thanks to the various people staying reception thanks to the coronavirus,” the digital platform had hit a record high, with 6.2 million of the 20 million online users reportedly actively in-game at the time. It smashes the current record by almost 200,000 people.
Right now, it seems Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is clocking up the foremost players – that too broke a concurrent record recently – but Dota 2 and Rainbow Six Siege are sporting impressive numbers, also.
Steam’s upward trend began in January when Chinese nationals began to self-isolate at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. On February 2nd, Steam’s previous record of 18,537,490 users – set in January 2018 – was surpassed, smashing the current record by a robust 300,000 to peak at 18,801,944 players.
As Jordan reported earlier in the week, the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a string of high-profile cancellations, postponements, and changes associated with the alarming spread of the coronavirus. Notably, E3 2020 was canceled Wednesday, Pokemon Go implemented changes to encourage social-distancing, and Disney postponed seven live-action productions. EA has confirmed its halting all live esports events, too, and is additionally recommending its staff work from home, as is Rockstar.
On a more positive note, Nvidia is allowing PC gamers to form a true difference by using their hardware’s power to access the Folding@home application, which allows you to donate unused computing power to assist with research into the coronavirus.
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