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Steam rings in 2015 with new peak of nearly 8.5M concurrent users

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Valve began 2015 in style, hitting a new record high for Steam with 8.47 million concurrent users on Jan. 1, according to the service's stats page.

A graph on the page shows a peak of 8,466,441 concurrent users at 12:01 p.m. yesterday. (It's unclear what time zone the graph is using; we've reached out to Valve for clarification, and will update this article with any information we receive.) You can see a screenshot below of the graph with the peak marked.

Steam first hit 8 million concurrent users on June 29, 2014, the encore day of the year's Steam Summer Sale. The service topped 7.5 million back in December 2013, shortly after Christmas.

Steam peak users (January 2015) graph 720