Because of the coronavirus that forces millions of people around the world to stay at home and practice social isolation, Valve's platform recorded its highest number of simultaneous players over 20 million over the weekend.
On Sunday, March 15th, Steam reached a whopping 20,313,476 concurrent users, beating the previous record of just under 20 million of the previous 24 hours. Before the weekend, Steam's highest simultaneous player count was 18.8 million reached on February 2nd, which arrived just hours before the Super Bowl.
While there were over 20 million people who logged into Steam, the game's player count was never more than 6.2 million, one million less than the record 7.2 million recorded on January 1, 2018. It seems that a large number of those who have logged in browsed the game library or left the program running in the background.
There were also a large number of users for the best Steam games. Counter-Strike: GO saw over a million simultaneous players, a new record, while DOTA 2 had over 700,000 and PUBG over 500,000.
With the closing of bars, restaurants and cinemas, the cancellation of numerous events and people forced to avoid public meetings, it's no surprise to see so many use Steam while they're stuck at home. For people in isolation in Italy, there is also the possibility of a free subscription to Pornhub premium. The increase in internet data usage has seen ISPs suspend data limitation and promise not to penalize customers for missed payments during the epidemic.