Presumably due to the ongoing Steam Summer Sale, there were 8,020,834 people using Steam this weekend. That's a new record for Valve's service, which had previously topped out at around 7.5 million concurrent users.
The stats were first noticed over "To the best of my knowledge Steam passed 7.5 million concurrent users over Christmas," he wrote in a post yesterday, "but has seemed to peak around 6.8 - 7.2 million since. Today I noticed they peaked to 8,020,744 concurrent users, today being the final "encore" day of the summer sale."by member Nzyme32.
Here's a snapshot taken by Nzyme32 during peak traffic.
It won't be a surprise that the Summer Sale's, a final set of deals before the promotion closes, coincides with those high numbers. Either way Steam continues to grow in size and influence; last December the service reached 7 million users.
Must be pretty sobering for some of Valve's rivals. Your move, Origin.