The exact number achieved was 27,384,959 users logged into Steam at the same time, according to SteamDB, which happened on Sunday, 28th November.
That's a million more people logged into Steam compared to the previous record from April of this year, which was 26,401,443 concurrent users.
Several factors contributed to this impressive record for Steam (and PC gaming in general), the biggest one being Thanksgiving weekend in the US, with millions of people using their extra free time to play games with friends and family.
That was paired with the ongoing Steam Autumn Sale, which offers some of the biggest and most popular games from the past two years at a substantial discount, such as a 75% discount for DOOM Eternal, 63% for Jedi: Fallen Order, 70% for Death Stranding, 70% for Resident Evil 3, and many others.
Additionally, Cyberpunk 2077 is currently available for the lowest price since its release, resulting in many players using the opportunity to finally pick it up and try it, and apparently, new players seem to like the game - the most disappointing game of 2020 currently sits at a "Very Positive" score on Steam, a huge improvement thanks to the positive reviews from new players, a far cry from all the ridicule and criticism a year ago.
It should be noted that while this is a new record for the biggest number of simultaneously logged in users on Steam of all time, the record of the most in-game players hasn't been broken this Sunday when it peaked at 7.8 million, which is just below the record of 8.1 million from March of 2020.
Since the start of the pandemic in early 2020, Steam's concurrents record has been broken several times, including the break of the 20M mark in March of 2020.
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