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As if Valve really needs to set any new records, they managed to do so with the amount of concurrent users they had on at a single time, managing an impressive 8,156,455 users being online at one time. That's pretty freaking massive.
Over on Neogaf there's a captured image of Steam rocking some mean numbers over the weekend. The image shows a period of the past 48 hours of client usage from registered users, of which there are 75 million, according to IGN.
Steam hit its peak on December 27h, around 9:00am on Saturday. It's an impressive fluctuation of activity according to the peak chart that you can scope out below.
I'm sure a lot of you are probably wondering exactly what kind of games people were playing to peak out the network like that? Well, you're in luck because there's also a list for that.
In the top post on the NeoGaf thread we get a nice image breakdown of some of the top games that were played over the period and some of them might shock you.
For instance, check out the top three spots, absolutely nothing surprising...
But that fourth spot... Football Manager 2015? Who knew that the game could be so popular?
It's interesting to see War Thunder up so high, showing that a quality made F2P title is definitely something the community is interested in. Garry's Mod still seems to be going strong, despite Facepunch Studios focusing more on their projects. What really surprises me is that Payday 2 is still rocking a heck of a lot of support. That's some good stuff right there. That game is uber-fun.
But you know what's really shocking? Arma III is up two slots over DayZ's standalone. Can you believe that? I never would have guessed that. Then again, maybe that's just how the numbers look during this particular peak.
Further down the list we see another Football Manager, this the 2014 edition. There's also Unturned and Robocraft. I haven't been following Robocraft but I gave it a cursory Google search and see that it's very similar to Keen Software House's Space Engineers. In that regard, I can see why it's so popular. I should definitely check the game out some time. The game's still in Early Access but it's also free-to-play, so maybe it's worth checking out over on the store page.
Further down the list we see games like Borderlands 2 and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – the proverbial AAA titles. There's a few more of the factory-line outings that fill up the list until we get to Don't Starve Together, the multiplayer rendition of Don't Starve.
Below that are a few more regulars and Ubisoft's Far Cry 4 rounding out the very bottom. It's really nice to see that there's a wide range of games on the list, from AAA titles to indies. It's especially refreshing knowing that just because a game has a big budget doesn't necessitate that that's what people are interested in, buying or playing. One thing we do know for sure, though, it's that Steam broke another record during this holiday sale.