For the first time ever, Steam has crossed 25 million concurrent users.
At the time of this writing, SteamDB captured a 24-hour peak count of 25,415,080 players on Saturday, topping a previous record of 24 million players who were online just a few weeks ago, PCGamesN reports.
People are still staying at home, as they did when the COVID-19 lockdowns began. In March 2020, for example, SteamDB reported a record-breaking number of concurrent users for three weeks running. Though vaccines are slowly rolling out, hanging out indoors and getting some gaming in is still one of the best ways to keep safe. Titles like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive have attracted a million players all their own, while reliable classics like Grand Theft Auto V and Dota 2 are keeping players busy as well.
This most recent player count record is also likely due to the Steam Winter Sale, which runs through Jan. 5 and features deep discounts on games like Hades, Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition, Phasmophobia, Red Dead Redemption II, and Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
If you’d like to join the ranks of the millions on Steam kicking off 2021 with their favorite games, check out our picks for the best Steam games.