Steam is a video game distribution platform.

Introduced in 2003, the service has grown in popularity with gamers around the world.

Today it has more than 120 million monthly active users and a catalog of over 50,000 games.

Read on to find the latest Steam stats for 2021. Here’s a quick rundown of what you’ll find on this page:

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  • Has steam 120 million monthly active users.
  • 62.6 million People use Steam every day.
  • The Steam catalog in the US contains 50.361 Games.
  • Steam users have signed in 31.3 billion Hours of playtime in 2020.
  • PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS holds the record for most simultaneous Steam players and peaks at 3.26 M..

Steam monthly active users

Has steam 120 million monthly active users (MAUs). The active user base has grown by 26.31% Last year, there were 25 million new active users per month in 2020.

The number of monthly active players on Steam has increased 1.79x since 2017.

Here is a table showing Steam’s monthly active user growth since 2017:

year Monthly active users
2017 67 million
2018 90 million
2019 95 million
2020 120 million

Source: Statista.

Dampen daily active users

Has steam 62.6 million daily active users. An increase of 47 million daily users in 2018. More than half (51.99%) from MAUs access Steam at least once a day.

Source: Valve.

Steam Peak concurrent users

26.85 million Users accessed Steam at one point at the same time on March 21, 2021, a record high to date.

The average daily high for March was 25.65 million concurrent users. That is an increase compared to the previous year 29.35%.

We recorded the growth of the highest number of concurrent users on Steam since January 2007:

Note: Average daily peak value in each month.

date Concurrent Concurrent Users
January 2007 285 thousand
January 2008 619 thousand
January 2009 1.5 million
January 2010 2.5 million
February 2011 3.17 million
February 2012 4.67 million
February 2013 5.79 million
February 2014 6.92 million
March 2015 8.58 million
March 2016 11.35 million
March 2017 12.25 million
March 2018 16.45 million
October 2019 14.8 million
January 2020 16.26 million
March 2020 19.83 million
June 2020 20.59 million
October 2020 21.86 million
December 2020 23.96 million
January 2021 24.67 million
February 2021 25.38 million
March 2021 25.65 million

Source: SteamDB.

Total hours played on Steam

Steam users have signed in 31.3 billion Hours of playtime in 2020. The playtime has grown by 50.55% last year, MAUs grew by 26.31%.

Source: Valve.

How many new games are added to Steam each year?

Developer added 10.263 Play on Steam in 2020. That’s a record number of game releases and an increase of 27.76% compared to the previous year.

Here is a table showing the annual number of Steam game releases since 2004:

year Game releases
2004 7th
2005 6th
2006 71
2007 112
2008 183
2009 356
2010 276
2011 283
2012 379
2013 565
2014 1,771
2015 2.964
2016 4.207
2017 7,049
2018 9,050
2019 8.033
2020 10.263

Source: Statista.

Steam US Library

The US Library from Steam contains 92.196 Titles in all categories. This includes additional content such as DLC, mods and soundtracks.

50,361 games will be available on Steam from March 2021.

Source: Steam.

What are the most played games on Steam?

PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS is the most played game on Steam.

Counter-Strike and Dota 2 round out the top 3.

Here is a full list of the 15 most played games on Steam:

Game name Concurrent concurrent users all time
BATTLEGROUNDS FROM PLAYERUNKNOWN 3.26 million
Counter Strike Global Offensive 1.3 million
Dota 2 1.29 million
Cyberpunk 2077 1.05 million
Valheim 502 thousand
Terraria 490 thousand
Fallout 4 473 thousand
Life is strange 2 469 thousand
Between us 447 thousand
POST 412 thousand
World ships 379 thousand
Grand Theft Auto V. 364 thousand
HITMAN ™ 2 361 thousand
Kathy Rain 334 thousand
Monster Hunter: world 320 thousand

Source: SteamDB.

Steam games by genre

The Steam Library contains 32,712 Indie games, more than any other genre. Action and adventure are also popular categories, each with over 17,000 Title.

We’ve sorted the number of games on Steam by genre:

Note: Games can have multiple genre labels.

genre Number of games
In the 32,712
action 19,571
adventure 17.092
simulation 8,904
strategy 8,888
role playing game 7,801
Sports 2.265

Source: Steam Spy.

SteamVR

SteamVR is a dedicated tool for playing Steam games with a supported VR headset.

There was 104 million PC VR sessions on Steam in 2020. Average session time was 32 minutes.

The company claims that 1.7 million Users tried SteamVR for the first time last year.

The Steam Catalog contains 3,870 VR-only games (7.68% of total games) and 4,571 Games that support VR.

Source: Valve.

Steam users with VR headsets

Steam survey data only suggests so 2.3% of users have VR headsets.

More than half of Steam users who own VR headsets are (52.28%) Use a version of the Oculus headset from Facebook.

Here is a breakdown of Steam users using VR headsets:

VR headset Share of users
Oculus Quest 2 24.25%
Oculus Rift S. 20.96%
Valve index HMD 16.37%
HTC Vive 12.24%
Oculus Rift 7.07%
Windows Mixed Reality 6.5%
Oculus Quest 5.74%
HTC Vive Pro 2.27%
HTC Vive Cosmos 1.02%
HTC Vive Elite 0.98%

Source: Steam.

Steam users by operating system

The overwhelming majority (96.17%) of Steam users access the service on Windows.

Here is the full breakdown of Steam users by operating system:

operating system user
Windows 96.17%
OSX 2.98%
Linux 0.85%

Source: Steam.

Graphics cards among Steam users

75.41% of Steam users on PC have a graphics card from NVIDIA. AMD and Intel make up another share 24.46%.

Here is a comprehensive rundown of PC graphics cards in the Steam user base:

brand share
NVIDIA 75.41%
AMD 16.18%
Intel 8.28%
Other 0.13%

Source: Steam.

Steam app download statistics

The Steam Mobile app has been downloaded 1.5 million times via iOS and Android in March 2021 alone. Google Play was no longer available 53.33% ((800 thousand) of all downloads and the remaining 46.67% ((700 thousand) came from the App Store.

Exceed all time Android downloads on the Steam app 50 million.

Steam also has an attached chat app, Steam Chat. The app was installed 60,000 times in March 2021. In total, more than 1 million users have downloaded Steam Chat on Android.

Swell: Sensor tower, Google Play.

Conclusion

That’s all for my round-up of Steam stats for 2021.

The video game platform has steadily expanded its user base since it launched almost two decades ago.

As with other game-related games, Steam saw a surge in usage during the pandemic. Do you think the platform can maintain this momentum? Or will it suffer when the world opens again?

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