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Steam breaks concurrent user record twice after Cyberpunk 2077 launch

Published: 15:47, 14 December 2020
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If you needed any more proof of Cyberpunk 2077's popularity, look no further than Steam's stats, which absolutely soared in the wake of CD Projekt Red's launch.

Steam's concurrent user number first peaked over the weekend, when PC Gamer reported 24,776,635 users on Valve's distribution platform. 

At the time of writing, this number is slightly lower but the all-time concurrent user record stands at 24,804,148. According to SteamDB, the record was broken yesterday, and all in all it's pretty impressive.

Now, we're not privy to Steam's internal data so we're not claiming that Cyberpunk 2077 was the only thing that tipped Valve's platform over the finish line two times in a single weekend. 

However, it's pretty clear that it was one of the main factors, as this is the game that just about overtook the public discourse these past few months. 

Going by personal experience, I cannot recall a single instance of a game that was anticipated as religiously as Cyberpunk 2077. CD Projekt Red is one of the few still beloved developers, whose focus on games and gamers has contributed to this significantly.

In anticipation or reaction to The Game Awards and Cyberpunk 2077, Steam rolled out an experimental version that looks to make browsing games easier. 

Seeing as how most users rely on Steam's charts to do their game browsing, the experiment streamlines the charts into New & Noteworthy category.

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There is also the new Categories menu, for which they wrote, "A basic list of genres, while easy to browse, falls a bit short given how large our catalog has grown. Our new Categories menu helps users quickly discover and dive into the breadth and depth of interesting games on Steam. This menu serves up dozens of new categories of games, which can then be explored further.".

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