Over the weekend Steam experienced its highest ever service load, with over 20.3 million users concurrently logged in. Of the 20.3 million logged in 6.4 million were actively playing a game. The previous record was a little over 19 million users, which was just achiever last month (February 2020). The interesting thing with this spike in user activity is that it did not coincide with a big game release and most gamers were playing old classics like CS:GO (>1.02 million), PUBG (>700k), and Dota 2 (>500k).
With the panic and government-suggested social distancing we think that these record numbers have a lot to do with the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. With many kids home from school and parents also working from home what better way to pass the time than gaming? With the big release of Doom Eternal coming up this weekend we could see this record broken again.
Source: The Verge