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Steam Hits New Milestone: 5 Million Concurrent Users

Posted on January 2, 2012 AT 01:28pm

THE BUZZ: So, have you heard of this thing called “Steam” that people are using on their personal computers? Seems like it’s popular.

In fact, Valve’s service hit a new high today: over 5 million people playing games via Steam at the same time. The previous mark—4 million concurrent users—was hit back in September.

EGM’s TAKE: For all of those who claimed PC gaming to be dead, it obviously isn’t. What was dead, instead, were outdated business models, and old-tech means of game distribution and production. Give players a powerful yet user-friendly means of buying and playing games, and they’ll do so.

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got started via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as can realistically be crammed in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk Eric on Twitter: @Eric_EGM. Meet the rest of the crew.

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