Steam concurrent users growing by 300% compared to last year

Tuesday, 29 January 2013 16:28 GMT By Nick Akerman

When you registered for Steam, did you tell your friends to do the same? Did they tell their friends? Valve’s digital distribution platform is going from strength-to-strength, boasting a 300% growth rate across the last year.

Analysis compiled on PC Gamer highlights an impressive rate of progress for the service. Last Sunday, 6.6 million concurrent users were online, compared to 5 million in January 2012. The 6 million threshold was broken in November, meaning Steam is now growing by 300% the speed it was last year.

Dota 2 has a massive part to play in such statistics. Latest numbers show the technically unreleased game enjoyed a peak concurrent total of 237,414 players. Football Manager sits in second with 78,488 players, while Team Fortress 2 finds itself somewhere between 45,000 and 75,000 players.

It seems those spare Dota 2 beta keys are good for something. We don’t know how many of these concurrent users were active, but the signs suggest Steam is gaining greater support by the day. PLEASE SOMEONE TAKE THESE DOTA 2 KEYS FROM ME NOW.