30 million Steam-ed

Valve's digital distribution service hits new milestone on the back of 178 percent user growth; unit sales spike 200 percent in last 12 months.

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Valve's online portal Steam has become inexorably linked to the ongoing conversation of digital distribution, so it comes as no surprise that the service continues to grow. Today, Valve announced that its game-delivery and community service now boasts more than 30 million active accounts.

Steam continues to plume.

The previous 12 months have been fruitful for Steam. According to Valve, user growth is up 178 percent year-over-year during the October 1, 2009, to September 30, 2010, period, and peak simultaneous players reached a high of more than 3 million users. More than 6 million people use Steam daily, the studio noted.

The explosive growth in users has been accompanied by a substantial increase in sales. Although Valve did not provide a specific unit figure, the studio did say that sales increased by more than 200 percent during the past 12 months. The studio also noted that its strong unit-sales growth puts the service on track for achieving more than 100 percent growth for the sixth straight calendar year.

"Steam is on track to record the biggest year in its six year history," Gabe Newell, president of Valve, said in a statement. "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. We believe the growth in accounts, sales, and player numbers is completely tied to this work and we plan to continue to develop the platform to offer more marketing, sales, and design tools for developers and publishers of games and digital entertainment."

Launched in September 2003, Steam currently features more than 1,200 games. Beyond Valve's own catalog of award-winning titles that include the Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, and Portal franchises, Steam includes support from top-tier publishers ranging from Sega to Ubisoft. The service also plays host to a variety of indie-developed titles.

Discussion

253 comments
UltraredM
UltraredM

Not surprising. You give your customers quality service, and they will reward you in return,

Zverugin
Zverugin

Love Steam, the best online store in the world. Valve, i wish you luck.

FonikhSoupia
FonikhSoupia

Steam has great service and great prices. Just got Left for Dead 2 for 4.99!!! :-)

Kaihekoa
Kaihekoa

Dynamo11 Posted Oct 21, 2010 8:49 pm ET Valve really hit the nail on the head with Steam. Now they just need to release Half Life 3 -------------- I think you meant Half-Life 2 Episode 3

BloodMist
BloodMist

In the last year or so, I've been getting games from Steam more and more, there's times where they will have unbelievable deals on all sorts of games, ones that you can't pass up, like GTAIV for 5 dollars, for example.It's convenient, it's non-intrusive software, and since I have a very fast connection, it doesn't even take me very long to download a game at all.Now it even has achievements, for new games and older games like CS Source.It's a fantastic service, and the only one to truly do digital distribution right, as far as I've seen.

moe3000
moe3000

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SirMordredX
SirMordredX

@moe3000 Yeah maybe; but the Wii is in truth a console aimed at families and younger audiences. Not to say it doesn't have it's fair share of M-rated titles and older audiences, but in comparison to the PS3 or 360 - it's not a very serious or mature console; something that Valve stay away from. The only Valve game I can see on the Wii is Portal...and maybe TF2 with some major changes.

moe3000
moe3000

@sirMordredX well gabe never thought much about ps3 look at what happen`d there he changed his mind didn`t he,( i have completed HL2 on pc many time`s it`s a super adventure) never under estimate the power of sagestion

SirMordredX
SirMordredX

Gents and Ladies, I present to you the savior of PC gaming. @moe3000 Lolz, very funny...wait - you're serious? Gabe would have a seizure if you made that comment his ringtone.

moe3000
moe3000

lets talk about the Wii valve, come on release something for the wii valve

M3tr4nk0
M3tr4nk0

Now let's hope the profits are going toward Half-Life 3.

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

Valve really hit the nail on the head with Steam. Now they just need to release Half Life 3 >:|

Yuusha09
Yuusha09

More than 100% increase in profits every year for 6 years... win. I haven't heard of any other company doing that and not doing illegal things.

Bloghead
Bloghead

i didn't like and understand steam before but really after they revamped it browser i already bought a couple of games via sales and promotions etc. Great!

Ceraby
Ceraby

I used to not get Steam. But after seeing all the deals and sales and promos... ok I like it now. Biggest gripe though is having to download some 10 gig game on my crappy internet speed. Took me a week and a half to get some Left for Dead 2 package.

pest-x
pest-x

@KotickIsGenius the real problem is GFWL not steam kiddo

pest-x
pest-x

@CamRaiD why are you saying this? I for one bought the elder scroll IV: oblivion on steam (online). Or were you doing a joke about buying a scroll online when it is well know that it is a piece of paper?

EtherUnion
EtherUnion

Steam is one of the BEST thing ever happen in PC history and its WORLDWIDE!! I really hope in the future, many developers will use Steamworks, STEAMCLOUD = MIRACLE!!! and yes... Steam is one of the BEST thing ever happen in MY LIFE TOO!!

Jak_Napier
Jak_Napier

thats crazy.. thats about the entire population of Canada. And about a 10th roughly of the population of the United States.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@guitarist1980 Yes, like I said not everyone may agree with what they have been working on because they feel they should have been working on other things such as Half Life 3. Yet nobody would really call Left 4 Dead 2 or Alien Swarm wastes of time or failures because they are still great games and L4D2 being one of my favorites. Its funny how people give Valve crap for making Left 4 Dead 2 saying that only a year after the previous one they make another and its just a big DLC. But nobody complains about Assassin's Creed Brotherhood or all the sports games that release every single year with less new content than L4D2 added. Other companies do it, but gamers just have higher expectations for Valve since they haven't released a bad game yet.

guitarist1980
guitarist1980

@Toysoldier34 I dont know I wish they just stuck with left 4 dead 1 instead of making another 1 with melee weapons.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

I love Steam. If I had been switched at birth and raised by Valve... Statistically speaking I would be a better person. Since Valve has never gone wrong before. I understand some may say maybe not right with the delays to Half Life 3, but you surely can't say they have done wrong.

FrumpyShakes
FrumpyShakes

I remember downloading Steam the day it came out in 2004 (2003?) on slow DSL, over a fileplanet download that took me 8 hours waiting in que for. It was incredibly basic back then, I remember the initial hate for it pretty well (there's a gif out there of a guy bent over getting reamed in the butt by the steam logo), but all that is past; it's a great platform, and maybe, just maybe, it's been keeping the PC market alive and challenging consoles as it should.

ChrisChameleon
ChrisChameleon

Let me say one thing. I never trust a man who says Kotick is a genius.

KotickIsGenius
KotickIsGenius

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CamRaiD
CamRaiD

Imagine buying "The Elderscrolls V" digitally..... disgusting :p

toddx77
toddx77

@KotickIsGenius You do release that logging on to steam is really no different than logging into psn or xbl. Plus the time it takes to put a cd in your pc, click on the icon, and click play really isn't any longer than logging into steam and clicking play game.

lozvil
lozvil

I love Steam... more power to Valve and Steam...

EddyG0RD0
EddyG0RD0

steam name is almost as bad as wii name

Hazzerz
Hazzerz

I use Steam mostly because it throws out deals on games left and right. It's become my digital bargain discount bin.

Scotterius
Scotterius

I personally prefer Direct 2 Drive, and find that Gamersgate is often a better source of obscure Eastern Europe games (Starwolves, Hard truck Apoc ect). Steam is still good, and far better than what they were when they began. Remember when you had to be online to play? Whew, talk about the dark ages.

duh555
duh555

i clicked on this article hoping to see new half life 2 info but oh well, congrats valve, just release the next damn half life already ..........

Hanzoadam
Hanzoadam

I buy quite a bit on steam but rarily play any of it :?

Rallen6
Rallen6

Oblivion plus all dlc for £20. The only time I've ever not bought a PC game from Steam was Fallout 3 GOTY (all dlc). £12 on Amazon, now that's the best deal ever.

L1D3N
L1D3N

It's great when it works but they need to take some of that money and put it back into the software. Many people have problems with the service and software.

ecw1983
ecw1983

@laplace985 Well said bro !

OrientExpressMB
OrientExpressMB

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laplace985
laplace985

Honestly I hated steam when it first came out; I have since changed my opinion. Steam is the reason pc gaming will never die. Everyone who thinks pc gaming will die; obviously never played games on the pc.

OrientExpressMB
OrientExpressMB

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AdmiralDan
AdmiralDan

I second OreintExpressMB. KotickIsGenius, your post was not funny, witty, or poignant. It's a waste of everyone's time.

OrientExpressMB
OrientExpressMB

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KotickIsGenius
KotickIsGenius

@rangeraa At least Activision doesn't force me to install and then log into a program every time I want to play one of there games... @toddx77 Shhh, you'll blow my cover, kidding aside I'm not trolling..I did get a laugh out of your post though. Well since my last post got deleted, I'll rewrite it and clean it up a little for the kiddies. Jiminy crickets, what in tarnation are you people thinking...gosh darn it, my fingers hurt from clicking on the thumbs down on all your posts. Steam is the worst thing that ever happened to PC gaming, with there really really mean DRM...Steam is nothing but a bunch of bunk, those rascals will never get a dime from me. I'm thinking most of you writing are Steam employee's trying to keep your jobs...LOL. I'm not condoning piracy, but thank goodness there are swell people out there that know how to circumvent Steam, so that I can choose to not install it.

HyBridFuRy
HyBridFuRy

Woot, congratulations steam. Thanks for keeping up with all the great success you guys done for PC gaming. I'm proud to be a steam member since 2003 here.

thedemon44
thedemon44

Steam is the best thing to ever happen to PC gaming.

namdar
namdar

I've been on steam since it's creation

Keiner
Keiner

Valve deserves this increase. Their dlc is usually free of charge... For valve created games anyway. Which is soooo much better than paying x amount on the systems. But the downside for me is that I would personally prefer controllers over keyboard. Unless I'm playing an rts