Valve reports seventh year of 100% sales growth on Steam

2011 was another successful year for Valve, which announced today that its digital games distribution service Steam enjoyed its seventh year of over 100% sales growth. The announcement follows news of another milestone for the service, which hit a record peak of 5 million concurrent users during its 2011 Holiday Sale.

 With over 1,800 games in Steam’s online catalogue and over 40 million user accounts, Valve reports that Steam has double its service infrastructure to meet rising demand from users. Last year, the service delivered 780 petabytes (about 780,000 terabytes) of game data to gamers.

"Steam and Steamworks continues to evolve to keep up with customer and developer demands for new services and content," said Valve president and co-founder Gabe Newell. The long list of popular titles released last year, like Skyrim, Modern Warfare 3, and Deus Ex certainly helped contribute to the service’s success.

Last year also saw the launch of several forward looking features for Steam, including Steam Trading, which allows users to exchange in-game items and gifts and support for 18 free-to-play titles.

Steam’s next big target may be your living room. “Looking forward, we are preparing for the launch of the Big Picture UI mode, which will allow gamers to experience Steam on large displays and in more rooms of the house."” teased Newell.


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  • Ivegotmyawesomepantson - January 7, 2012 10:26 p.m.

    *inb4 comment about HL2:Ep3*
  • jmcgrotty - January 7, 2012 4:40 a.m.

    In unrelated news, recent data shows that severe autism has had 7 straight years of 100% increases in diagnoses.
  • jasoncarter - January 6, 2012 6:05 p.m.

    Thank you valve for making PC gaming cheaper.
  • InstantTitKill - January 8, 2012 4:42 a.m.

    Well, they haven't really, have they? I mean, yes, old games are cheap on steam during sales but new games are even more expensive than they are in store. I just don't see why anyone who doesn't live in the middle of nowhere would buy full priced games of steam, and even if you do live in the middle of nowhere with no gamestore around amazon is always cheaper... If anything, Steam has made pc games more accessible, but cheaper? Hell no.
  • FriendlyFire - January 8, 2012 10:57 a.m.

    Steam sales are there for a reason. Nobody's crazy enough to buy a game outside of a sale unless they REALLY REALLY need the game now (which tends to be exceptional). Plus, Steam heralded the arrival of a bunch of other services (Direct2Drive, GamersGate, Impulse, GOG, Green Man Gaming, etc.) with dirt cheap prices. Now it's fairly easy to get a game for 50% off mere months after release. If Steam doesn't have the cheapest price, all the better! Competition is healthy.
  • ThisIsMyFuckingThirdAccount - January 6, 2012 5:32 p.m.

    Man, I really want Gabe to get in better shape. He's too valuable to be putting his health at risk like he is. Losing him would be much more tragic to me than Jobs. Not a tear was shed for that dick.
  • Fiirestorm21 - January 6, 2012 6:02 p.m.

    Couldn't agree more. We love ya, Gabe.
  • ngazi - January 6, 2012 6:05 p.m.

    He'll just buy whatever organs fail him.
  • McSpermie - January 6, 2012 5:17 p.m.

    That's awesome, more power to them. Steam is one of the best platforms for gaming out there.

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