Steam users top 8m during Summer Sale

Concurrent Steam users broke the 8 million milestone for the first time over the weekend.

At one point during the night, there were over 8 million users on the Steam service simultaneously, which has never happened before in the game service’s history.

Previously, the high point for Steam saw 7.5 million users over the Christmas 2013 period, but on Monday 30 June at 12.03am UK time there were 8,020,834 users on the service.

Steam’s sudden surge in users was spotted by a NeoGaf user and marks a new concurrent high for Steam, which usually has around 6.8 – 7.2 million users at its peak.

This spike is most likely down to the Steam Summer Sale, which is now in its “encore” period ending at 6pm this evening, June 30.

The encore sale offers huge savings of up to 75 per cent on the most popular deals offered during the Steam Summer Sale.

Back in January during the Steam Dev Days conference, Valve announced that Steam boasted over 75 million active users. This figure had grown by 10 million from the previous report submitted in October 2013.

A huge increase in growth was seen over the Christmas period, with the acceleration equating to a user growth of 15 per cent in just three months, despite the launch of the PS4 and Xbox One.

There has been a renewed interest in Steam over the past year also because of the Steam OS and Steam Machine announcements that will see the service make the move into the living room space, hopefully later this year.

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