Sea of Thieves has just seen a hefty rise in concurrent gamers on Steam, rising to the highest peak player counts the action-adventure game’s witnessed since its launch on Valve’s platform – and it appears to be like like this might be all the way down to the Steam Winter Sale.

Head to SteamDB and also you’ll see the peak player depend the pirate game posted across the time of Sea of Thieves’ Steam release in June final 12 months hit a whopping 66,906 (on June 18, a pair of weeks following its launch). Similarly, Steam Charts places the peak concurrent player depend for June 2020 at 66,632. Numbers stayed excessive for a goodly chunk of July, too, with Sea of Thieves selling a million copies on Steam and having its largest month ever general – at the moment – as of July 20. However, peak numbers hit every month following this have drifted all the way down to figures someplace between the 13.2k and 29.2k, in accordance with Steam Charts’ figures.

Now, although, each websites’ data present that for December 2020 Sea of Thieves’ peak concurrents shot as much as over 45okay, which was hit on the tail-end of December, and its risen additional since. Plus, it appears to be like like – as stats tracker website PlayTracker notes – it appears to be like just like the Steam Winter Sale is behind the large climb.

SteamDB and Steam Charts’ graphs present that SoT’s concurrent player counts began capturing upwards on December 22, the Steam Winter Sale’s begin date. The sport has climbed steadily since, and the websites’ knowledge now signifies the highest concurrent player peak since across the time the sport hit Valve’s retailer final 12 months has been set throughout this time – someplace round 52,916 to 53,347 on January 2, as of writing.

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That’s a fairly astonishing climb given the latest peak counts we’ve seen over the previous 5 or so months – it appears to be like like Rare’s excessive seas romp goes from energy to energy.

Last we heard, Sea of Thieves had offered a million copies on Steam, however that was approach again in July 2020. It appears to be like like we will count on that quantity to have risen an honest chunk since then, given the brand new peak player counts the multiplayer game’s seen this vacation – particularly as SteamDB shows that SoT was within the prime three spots of Steam’s world prime sellers checklist the final two weeks.

If you’re eager to select your self up one thing for reasonable within the Steam Winter Sale, you’d higher be fast about it – the occasion ends in just a number of hours’ time, at 10:00 PST / 13:00 EST / 18:00 GMT (January 5). Or, should you’re on the lookout for some new goodies to strive, try our lists of the best PC games, best RPG games, and best new games out there on our residence platform.