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Steam Pushes Over 3/4 of a Terabit on Their CDN

The Steam Summer Sale is upon us once again. I, like many Steam users, look forward to these seasonal events. Unlike most Steam users though (I assume), I have a constant fascination with the Steam Content Server Stats page. I like watching the trends and seeing just how much bandwidth the Steam CDN can eat up, keeping a mental note of the highest peak utilization.
In terms of the trend, utilization is often around 200 - 300 Gbps, sometimes dipping below 200 when there’s nothing particularly exciting happening (e.g. a not-so-great midweek sale). Prior to the sale, the highest I had ever seen the peak value was 658 Gbps. The sales are often the record breakers and this summer did not disappoint. Below is a screen capture showing a peak of over 768 Gbps, 3/4th’s of a terabit.


Even the smaller of those numbers is nothing to sneeze at. That’s a lot of bandwidth. In late 2010 when Netflix announced a move to Level 3 for streaming of their video services, Level 3 stated that they had 1.65 ter…