While Steam as a video gaming platform is facing ever increasing competitors, Valve most likely aren’t too worried given how much Steam has actually been growing over 2020 and into 2021.

After setting a new concurrent user record of 24,804,148 in December 2020, that was once again smashed on January 2, 2021 with 25,415,080 user accounts online but only 7.4 million were actually in-game (thanks SteamDB). It’s not precisely a surprise, with numerous user records for both Steam and video games being broken through 2020 with numerous more staying at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The leading pet on Steam remains as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Valve’s first-person shooter initially launched back in 2012. It certainly helps that it went free to repeat in late 2018 which assisted keep its appeal and because the pandemic truly struck, the numbers for CS: GO have actually repeatedly hit brand-new highs.

It will absolutely be interesting to see how the Steam playerbase progresses through 2021, particularly if we see Valve release among those secret jobs they teased previously. Hopefully one that’s more readily available to everybody and not a VR-only title like Half-Life: Alyx, because the expense of VR is still rather high. Considering they’re a personal company however, they can do and deal with whatever they desire.