Not surprising … most of us were stuck at home during most of 2020. I, myself have spent at least 1-2 days per week gaming!
Total hours played on Steam games skyrocketed by over 50 percent, from 20.8 billion in 2019 to around 31.3 billion. The platform pulled in a horde of new players as well. Each month, an average of 2.6 million people bought a Steam game for the first time. Valve says Steam hit new highs on other fronts, including monthly active users (120.4 million), daily players (62.6 million), peak concurrent users (24.8 million) and game purchases (21.4 percent more than 2019).
The fact that Steam usage soared shouldn’t be too surprising. Games that people can play with friends — such as Among Us, Fall Guys and Phasmophobia — proved to be massive hits in 2020 as folks sought ways to stay connected with others while remaining physically distant from them. There were a bunch of major single player games that made a splash too. For instance, despite its many, many issues, Cyberpunk 2077 pulled in millions of players.