- Steam passed a milestone with 20 million concurrent players. This is a new record for the biggest gaming platform in the world.
Steam is the biggest gaming platform in the world. There is no denying that. Even though Epic Games Store is giving free games every week, this did not change Steam’s leadership in the market. Steam broke a new record recently and reached 20 million concurrent players. This is an insane number and there is only one explanation for this, the Coronavirus. The virus affects all countries already, and travel bans and closed borders are making millions stay at home. Many organizations such as E3 is canceled because of the virus. Even sports leagues suspended their seasons till further notice. This is an interesting turn of events for Steam.
#Steam has just reached a new concurrent online user record of 20 million, with 6.2 million currently in-game, likely due to many people staying at home due to the #coronavirus.https://t.co/bzLMfMOJvD#COVID19
— Steam Database (@SteamDB) March 15, 2020
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Coronavirus started in China and took hold of the planet. Many people did not leave their homes and many schools are canceled in a lot of countries. This worked in Steam’s favor because if people do not go out, they generally watch TV, surf the web or play games. When we take a look at the big picture, experts claim that we did not see the worst yet. Over the last two weeks, Italy got hit hard because of the Coronavirus and half of the country is in lockdown. The number of cases around the world continues to rise.
Steam was able to capitalize on this situation because of the nature of its business. Of course, they did not use this as an exploit but simply people are staying indoors more and more. The gaming world was not expecting a problem like this and there are other problems in the industry. Esports got hit hard as most of the tournaments are either canceled or will be played without an audience. Also, we are expecting some problems with the new consoles since most of the hardware is produced in China. Currently, China’s factories are working at a lesser capacity than before. To our readers, stay safe and please wash your hands.