“Video game playtime surged when people started staying home,” Valve says.
Steam has released a bunch of player stats for last year, and it seems like video games are more popular than ever.
A few records were set last year by the gaming platform, reaching over 120 million monthly active users and hit a peak concurrent player count of over 24.8 million. On top of this, over 31.3 billion hours were spent playing games on Steam in 2020, thats a massive 50% increase from 2019.
It’s quite obvious why so many people spent so long playing video games last year, but Valve did go on to explain that it was certainly the pandemic. “As many of you already know, this past year had more than its share of challenges, with everyone’s lives upended by the global pandemic,” Steam’s Year in Review blog post says.
“While Steam was already seeing significant growth in 2020 before COVID-19 lockdowns, video game playtime surged when people started staying home, dramatically increasing the number of customers buying and playing games, and hopefully bringing some joy to counter-balance some of the craziness that was 2020.”
Other achievements for Valve include the increase in engagement with Steam VR, with over 140 million Steam VR sessions, a 30% increase of the year before. People are also using controllers on Steam a lot more as 1.6 billion game sessions were played on controller, a 66% increase from 2019. I can only imagine Fall Guys is responsible for that sudden hike in controller use.
You can check out some stats of your own Steam Profile by visiting Steam Gauge and entering in your username.