Monday, March 16th 2020

Steam Experiences Peak Usage over the Weekend, over 20 Million Gamers. Coronavirus Effect?

Steam experienced its highest ever service load over the weekend, with over 20.3 million users concurrently logged in. Of these over 6.4 million were actively playing a game. Its previous service load record was a little over 19 million users, hit just last month (February 2020). This is particularly interesting because the week of 9th March didn't particularly have any big game releases, and according a report by The Verge, most of the 6.4 million gaming were hooked to old favorites, such as CS:GO (>1.02 million), PUBG (>700k), and Dota 2 (>500k).

This record could be just as temporary, with big releases such as "Doom Eternal" lined up for the upcoming weekend. A spike in online gaming and other forms of on-demand entertainment shouldn't surprise anyone in the middle of a global pandemic. The COVID-19 outbreak has forced most governments quarantine large populations, forcing businesses to have their employees work from home. Steam remains the leading game digital distribution and DRM platform.
Source: The Verge
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15 Comments on Steam Experiences Peak Usage over the Weekend, over 20 Million Gamers. Coronavirus Effect?

#1
ironcerealbox
It's all the kiddies knowing they have school suspended. Same goes for a lot of the undergrads (in college). Many of the defense contractors, here (where I live), have been told to work from home too.

I mean, who needs real life, right?

Real life: worst game ever!
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Basard
ironcerealbox
It's all the kiddies knowing they have school suspended. Same goes for a lot of the undergrads (in college). Many of the defense contractors, here (where I live), have been told to work from home too.

I mean, who needs real life, right?

Real life: worst game ever!
Meanwhile, people who 'work' for a living are expendable... who cares if we die? Am I right?
What a sick joke this becoming.
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#3
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Basard
Meanwhile, people who 'work' for a living are expendable... who cares if we die? Am I right?
What a sick joke this becoming.
It's mostly elders and those with pre existing conditions why die afaik, so theoretically this is a boon to society as the people who cost more than they contribute dies off.

This is sarcasm from me obviously, but some are serious when saying it. :[
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#4
BadIronTree
Yep UK WANTS 60-80% of the population to get the Virus so Everyone will get immunity sooner so they can get back to work as fast as possible... This mean F*ck The old and the sick... also 20% of lungs capacity ...

They want to solve the pensions problem by doing nothing :(
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#5
EarthDog
Isnt this thread about steam games? There is a thread or two here already spewing FUD about coronavirus... keep it there. :)
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#6
birdie
ironcerealbox
It's all the kiddies knowing they have school suspended. Same goes for a lot of the undergrads (in college). Many of the defense contractors, here (where I live), have been told to work from home too.

I mean, who needs real life, right?

Real life: worst game ever!
Yep, there's no saving and just one life, darn!
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#7
spnidel
definitely due to the coronavirus
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#8
MonsterMawd
Alerted my son that Doom Eternal is to release this friday. School's closing will surely boost DL's.
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#9
MicroUnC
I just wanna play Cyberpunk 2077
Then i can die :kookoo:
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#10
Gmr_Chick
Hell yeah the sudden spike in Steam users is due to coronavirus. That said, I feel for those who play online multiplayers over the next couple weeks. Have to listen to all the little shits talking like they got a pair :roll:
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#11
Th3pwn3r
Gmr_Chick
Hell yeah the sudden spike in Steam users is due to coronavirus. That said, I feel for those who play online multiplayers over the next couple weeks. Have to listen to all the little shits talking like they got a pair :roll:
Ha, I wouldn't mind playing anything with some annoying little punks. If they shutdown my job site I'll just be at home fixing up my house which isn't as much fun but satisfying in the end.
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#12
EarthDog
Maybe more people will play PUBG, lol...
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#13
Baum
oh no more kids on csgo... might want to play single player doom then
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#14
Gmr_Chick
^ Single-player for life! Been a single-player gamer my whole life, and happier because of it! Just makes playing a game so much more enjoyable :D
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#15
Th3pwn3r
Gmr_Chick
^ Single-player for life! Been a single-player gamer my whole life, and happier because of it! Just makes playing a game so much more enjoyable :D
I started PC gaming on LAN when I was 7 years old. Heroes Of Might And Magic and Warcraft II were amazing.
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