Steam reaches new milestone with over 7 million concurrent users

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Steam has reached a milestone on Sunday, when at 11 a.m. its store had 7.19 million concurrent users. That is to say, 7.19 people were using Steam at the same time, worldwide.

Lately when it comes to the gaming news world it seems like Microsoft and Sony have been ruling the scene. Sure every now and then Nintendo will buck its head but for the most part the launch of their newest consoles as well as the deals on Black Friday and now the upcoming Cyber Monday, the two titans have commanded most of the attention.

You can never forget about Steam, though, and at this point, their sales are legendary, and one of the strongest cases for moving towards a world that is more focused on digital downloads.

Last year, during their fall sale, they broke their last record by hitting over 6 million concurrent users. So this year marks a 17% growth and is probably a good sign of things to come. Not only will Steam Boxes be releasing in the upcoming year or years, but they are also rolling out SteamOS. The new operating system is based on Linux, and though the details of its release are not yet known, having Valve and Steam’s record in mind, it will probably be a worthy contender and one to watch out for.

[via Venture Beat]

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  1. Jeff Belanger
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    [@Coyote]
    I’ve been seriously considering getting one of the Steam Box versions for a while now. I still kind of want Bluray, but at the same time, it’s not that big of a deal. There’s just so many good games on Steam, past and present.

  2. Coyote

    Despite all the other gaming consoles forgetting about backwards compatibility I’ve decided to not even consider a PS4 or XBone. WIth all these sales Steam is having I’ve got over 150 games in my library and many more that I’ve wishlisted or just bought the keys for as I expect to play them on the new SteamBox or whatever they will call it.

    Imagine playing Doom or Comander keen on a 65″ LCD with the new steam controler, now imagine that’s the same copy of the game you bought 10 years ago. Many games like Trine, Sine mora, and most FPS’s will lend themselves to playing on the big screen quite well.

    Can’t wait to see Valve school all the big name distributors when gamestop goes bankrupt and they have to sell their games at walmart. Sadly though this may be the end to the retail box for most games as it’s much cheaper letting steam do it’s digital distro compared to boxing, packaging, shipping, warehouse space, shelf space, etc.