GTA V is proving to be incredibly popular on PC as it has broken the concurrent player record for a non-Valve game, with more than 300,000 users playing the game at the same time. According to Gamesindustry.biz, this new benchmark has taken the record away from the immensely popular Skyrim, which has held the record for several years with just over 280,000 concurrent players.
The record is made all the more impressive from the fact that this is actually the third release of GTA V. The title originally launched for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in September of 2013 and saw a next generation release on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on November 18, 2014. It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise though as Rockstar’s hit game has become notorious for breaking records, including being the quickest entertainment product to reach $1 billion in sales and the best-selling game in 24 hours, while released sales figures for the game show that it has sold more than 45 million copies.
Despite the fact that GTA V has been incredibly popular on PC, it still lags behind other games available on Steam that have been developed and released by Valve. Team Fortress 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive both had higher numbers of players, while Dota 2 was significantly ahead with almost 1 million concurrent users. However, GTA V had far more players than other non-Valve games, with Football Manager and Civilization V failing to reach the 100,000 mark.