In case you missed it when it was released in late 2020, Squadrons is a very good (and very harsh) spiritual successor to the beloved X-wing and TIE-Fighter 90s space combat games. But while its single-player campaign is fun enough, the real meat of the experience is in the multiplayer, which includes both team-based and single-player game modes.
That’s why it’s a shame the game’s popularity didn’t hold up enough after release to allow you to play a full multiplayer game whenever you want. There are several Reddit threads lamenting long wait times to find a game, and SteamDB reports that the average number of online players is in the low hundreds in any given week (although it’s not much). likely this shows the full image given that the game is also available on other storefronts like Origin, which had its own freebie last year).