starts the year strong, with news that the 2011 holiday season saw peak-time
user counts break the 5 million mark for Valve’s digital distribution service. That's
not 5 million total logins: that's 5 million people, all online and gaming at
the same time.
themes of snowy wealth-accretion clearly resonated with a holiday
audience: Bethesda's epic commanded peak-time user counts of almost
50,000 more players than the nearest runner-up, Sega's Football
Manager 2012. Other games driving up Valve's user counts include the
company's own Counter-Strike titles and Team Fortress 2.
slump in peak-user counts coincides with this week's return to work
hours, the 4.7M users online in the last 24 hours is still a pretty
lofty goal for any of Valve's competitors to work toward – or for
the company itself to build upon.