Steam reaches 30 million accounts

PC game powerhouse Valve has revealed that its digital download platform, Steam, now boasts 30 million members. That's a growth of 178% over the last 12 months.

So it would seem there are more people interested in computer gaming than PC doomsday prophets like to believe. In fact, every day an average of six million users log into their Steam accounts.

And along with all that new user growth, sales are up substantially as well. Steam is processing 200% more revenue in digital game sales than it was the previous year. Not bad for a company trying to struggle through the aftermath of a recession.

Since Valve likes to play the number game, here are some more interesting factoids. There are now over 1,200 games available on Steam, and revenue growth on the service has grown at yearly rates of over 100% for six years. That's every year since it was introduced. To accommodate all this growth, Steam can now run at a maximum of 400 Gps, which it says is enough to "ship a digitized version of the Oxford English Dictionary 92.6 times per second."

"Steam is on track to record the biggest year in its six year history," said Gabe Newell, president of Valve. "The year has marked major development advances to the platform with the introduction of support for Mac titles, the Steam Wallet and in-game item buying support, and more."

Indeed, Steam is easily recognized as the go-to place for anyone who wants to instantly buy, download, and play a PC or Mac game from any of the top publishers in the industry. In addition to making it easier to impulse buy some of the most epic computer games ever, it has also expanded the casual games market. Steam currently has almost 250 games available for under $5.

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  • TheSugarRay - October 19, 2010 6:44 p.m.

    I'm thinking the advent of steam on mac is quite a chunk of their growth in the last year.
  • ChrisCultista - October 19, 2010 2:51 p.m.

    WTF!? All the article said was that it is holding up the PC game industry. How fuckin tarded can people get?! It is like saying that chickens are the cancer of KFC! YOU FUCK!
  • jmcgrotty - October 19, 2010 8:18 a.m.

    I'm totally embarrassed to be a gamer after this article. Steam is the biggest fucking cancer in the industry. This crap better end soon.
  • TheVoid - October 19, 2010 5:15 a.m.

    What a wonderful head-exploding skull-punch to all of the dolts out there who cry that PC gaming is dead. Suck on it! And this article doesn't even mention Steam's incredible sales. Not only are weekend deals always delivered, but Steam often posts some massive multi-day sales during the holidays (or whenever) that boast some truly undeniable offers. The entire XCom collection, optimized for XP and Vista no less, for $2? Count me in! Anything more modern? LFD2 for $7, just two weeks ago. $7! That still fetches at least $30 on store shelves. Their "Perils of Summer" sale was legendary, despite following a very tough-act-to-follow winter holiday sale last Christmas. The incredibly humourous "stay indoors and game because outdoorsy things like sunburn and bee stings can kill you" campaign was a wonderful self-aware poke at gaming nerdiness, something I doubt Sony or Microsoft or even Nintendo would even dare, especially when the deals absolutely spoke for themselves. No campaign was even needed - the slashed prices on a ton of stuff would have caught any Steam user's attention regardless, but as with all things Steam, it had once again gone the extra mile. Then there's the pre-order incentives and bundles regularly offered. Not to mention the update management, mod support, and community. It's really like owning a console on a PC that just happens to do what PSN and XBLive only dare to dream of. The other stuff that the console networks have that Steam doesn't (i.e. movies and such), well, Steam is on a PC after all, so doing anything along those lines comes naturally, albeit elsewhere. I think that is part of Steam's beauty: It focuses entirely on the PC gaming experience and makes it every bit as good as it should be. There's no question that the platform is unmatched in terms of technology, graphics capabilities and raw horsepower. But Steam needed to happen to bring the rest of the elements together, much like The Dude's carpet. Offering price points even the most jaded pirates couldn't refuse. Making jumping into a game with friends a two click proposition. Dealing with the hassles of installations and patches automatically. The list goes on. The Steam flag flies high as a dedicated nation of 30 million pc gamers salute.
  • JohnnyMaverik - October 19, 2010 4:08 a.m.

    The master race continues marching forward ^_^
  • LordUberDowzen - October 19, 2010 3:14 a.m.

    @ ChipTheExecutioner, It is a cold dark place...apart from Valve, Blizzard, the thousands of free games online, hundreds of amazing indie games that never make it to consoles and great PC exclusives like ARMA2 and Civilisation V. It's very rare that the PC doesn't get a game that's also out on consoles (and even if there's a delay we often get an improved edition).
  • Crabhand - October 19, 2010 2:28 a.m.

    I've seen a lot of people bitching about Steam over the last few years, but it really has been a great boost to keep PC gaming relevant and easier to experience.
  • AGENTJORRRG - October 19, 2010 2 a.m.

    @JohnnyMaverik Wut? PSN has steam. Ya never know.
  • ElAmmoBandito - October 19, 2010 1:30 a.m.

    Isn't the PS3 getting Steam.Gabe Newell said something about it along with Portal 2.
  • ChipTheExecutioner - October 19, 2010 1:06 a.m.

    without Valve (and Blizzard), PC gaming would be a cold dark place...
  • JohnnyMaverik - October 18, 2010 10:32 p.m.

    > Valve need to get this steam malarchy on Xbox360 Impossible while Microsoft is involved with the 360, and Microsoft will always be involved with the 360, so it will be forever impossible. You get Live, that's it.
  • AGENTJORRRG - October 18, 2010 10:22 p.m.

    Valve need to get this steam malarchy on Xbox360 and get the PC updates, PS3 updates, and 360 updates all up to date :)

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