Steam set a record based on data from SteamDB. According to the site, there were 27,182,165 users on the PC gaming platform at three o’clock this afternoon, so many have never logged into the Valve store. That’s not to say that so many have launched games on Steam at once, with only 7,835,499 players running some interactive experience at the time of the record.
This is not the first time in 2021 that Steam has broken a record, reaching a previous peak in April with 26.9 million users. Last year, a total of six results were achieved than ever before, most likely due to the measures taken in response to the coronavirus epidemic. The virus may also have something to do with the current record, although it is perhaps not incidental that Steam is now in the fall fair.
As for the most popular games, with most still launching Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, PUBG, Apex Legends, and New World.
Considering how often Steam has been peaking since last year and that the holiday season is yet to come, it could easily be that this record will be broken again this year. Up to several times.