Steam Concurrent Users Pass 8.5 Million, a New Record

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Steam logo Steam reached more than 8.5 million concurrent users at the beginning of 2015, beating the previous record -- set in June of 2014 -- by more than 500,000 users. Dota 2 is the game of choice for a large majority of those users, with a report indicating that some 879,132 players logged on to play the game at its peak. Counter-Strike Global Offensive was the second most popular game, trailing Dota 2 by 500,000 players. Steam also revealed that a record 100 million accounts were signed in as far back as September 2014, a figure that we imagine has risen by a few million. The company added 1,300 games from the start of 2014 through to September, a significant increase from the 304 titles it released the year prior. The sheer quantity of games raises concerns about their quality, with users having to wade through a whole lot of crap before finding a title actually worth playing. Steam’s Early Access option, which allows indie developers to release games still under development, doesn’t help matters, nor does Steam Greenlight -- a system that lets users vote on submitted projects, with those receiving enough votes getting ‘Greenlit’ to be added to the Store. To help users sort through the crap, Steam is set to release a curation tool that allows popular users, such as big-name YouTubers and Gaming Industry critics, to curate a list of recommended titles. We will have to wait and see how successful it will be. What game(s) do you often play on Steam? Leave your answer in the comments below.

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