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Number of Steam users 2013-2020

The online gaming platform, Steam, was first released by the Valve Corporation in 2003. What started off as a small platform for Valve to provide updates to its games has turned into the largest computer gaming platform in the world. As of December 2020, Steam reached a record peak of over 24.8 million concurrent users.

Not just a place for indie games

In its very beginnings, Steam was a tiny platform that released only seven games in 2004. By 2020, this number stood at 10,263, ranging from Goat Simulator to Grand Theft Auto V. Despite the extraordinary range of games available from tiny indie games to worldwide blockbusters, a handful of games command the most attention from gamers. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was the most popular Steam game in 2020, reaching 1.3 million players in a single hour in its peak, surpassing its closest rival, Cyberpunk 2077.

Can Steam keep pace with its competitors?

Steam had approximately 120 million monthly active players in 2020, a significant increase from 95 million monthly active users in 2019. However, it seems that all is not rosy with the gaming platform as its user retention rate has steadily fallen in recent years. With console giants, Xbox and PlayStation, continually producing hits and exclusives from the production line, can Steam keep up with the times? Epic Games, the creator of the worldwide sensation, Fortnite, also wants to get a slice of the pie, after launching its Epic Games Store in December 2018 as a direct competitor to Steam. In the continually evolving gaming market, who will come out on top?  

Number of peak concurrent Steam users from January 2013 to December 2020

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Release date

February 2021



Survey time period

January 2013 to December 2020

Supplementary notes

Figures have been rounded.

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