Steam hits 65 million users

Valve reports 30 percent growth in active accounts during trailing 12 months.

Steam now has more than 65 million registered users, Valve announced today. During the trailing 12 months, the number of Steam accounts grew by 30 percent, the company said. This figure is up from 50 million announced in September 2012.

By comparison, Xbox Live has 48 million registered users. It is unclear how many have signed up for a PlayStation Network account.

2013 marked Steam's 10th anniversary. The company introduced a suite of new services during the year, including Family Sharing, Steam Trading Cards, Early Access, and Linux support.

Valve also announced Steam OS, Steam Machines, and a Steam Controller last month. These products and services will be available to the public in 2014. Also in 2014, Valve will hold its first Steam Developers Day conference in Seattle, Washington.

"The main goal of Steam has always been to increase the quality of the user's experience by reducing the distance between content creators and their audience," Valve co-founder Gabe Newell said in a statement. "As the platform grows, our job is to adapt to the changing needs of both the development and user communities. In the coming year, we plan to make perhaps our most significant collaborations with both communities through the Steam Dev Days and the Steam Machines beta."

Written By

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

381 comments
Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

On PC though this probably equates to about 40 million users and 20 odd million accounts that are abandoned because they wanted a new user name or some shit.

Ayato_Kamina_1
Ayato_Kamina_1

Pfft, look at all the hipsters joining in. I've been using steam since back in the 80s. It's the best way to get creases out of my shirts.

Mik2303
Mik2303

Now imagine what that number would be if Legue of Legends was in Steam....


Seriously, they should go for Steam, lol patcher sucks.

IndySandbagTrik
IndySandbagTrik

Steam is to PC Gaming, what Serato has been to DJing - a new lease of life, that only gets better every year.

Next Gen is nothing compared to a rig of glory.

All hail the king!

davifernandes
davifernandes

glad to be part of it for the last 7 years. true next gen indeed!

strahd01
strahd01

Still wish that Steam had a better achievement system, but otherwise I do love their sales.

FTB_Screamer
FTB_Screamer

Seems people are switching to PC foe the true "next-gen" experience.

Kooken58
Kooken58

And certain console fanboys say PC gaming is dying? HA!

Unholy123
Unholy123

Hah I wonder if that numbers enough to make EA stop trying to ram Origin down PC gamers throat and just accept that Valve offers the better service that they cannot even make a knock off half as decent.

ewjiml
ewjiml

I haven't bought a retail PC game in years because of Steam....

streamline
streamline

"Steam hits 65 million users."

That is horrible news. I hope no one was severely hurt.

usagism
usagism

Just started using Steam last week! Why haven't I been playing on PC until now? I love it!  So many games, and sooo cheap! I'm losing my mind!

iampenguin
iampenguin

In a land far away if I had good and a lot a internet I might use Steam.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Steam has come a long ways, I remember trying to use the serves back in 03-04 and I couldn't stand it.


JLCrogue
JLCrogue

I wonder if I count as 3 users, since I have 3 accounts. Maybe they're not counting duplicates...

Kryptonbornson
Kryptonbornson

Why doesn't Microsoft support streaming of games to your living room PC natively? They have nothing to lose. People would still buy Windows and PCs. They wouldn't even have to produce so much hardware that they likely only break even on as well. Just make a Xbox set-top-boxes and allow streaming to Windows 8 and RT tablets. If you don't want, need, or don't already own a gaming capable PC, you'd just buy an Xbox One. It's like Microsoft is competing with itself sometimes. Steam doesn't need to exist in my opinion. It's a storefront. It's finally got to the point where it doesn't constantly crash on me and isn't extremely stubborn (sticky?) at times, but it's taken a while. Customer service is not bad, but it's not like I want to go to a separate site for that when it should be built into Steam. I guess it's no different than an Amazon for games. You love it, but you get a better deal elsewhere, you'll shop anywhere else. I'm going to keep using Uplay and Origin, GOG.com, and any other service that offers a silly deal (or games like Manhunt 2) I can't resist. If Steam box Streams Windows games, including Origin games, I'll get one. Otherwise, I'll just wait until someone else like Amazon does it.

jessie82
jessie82

but are they all active?

johnny_pay
johnny_pay

65 million steam users and devs still cry about pirates

obsequies
obsequies

imagine how much money they give away daily from steam marketplace items

MateykoSlam
MateykoSlam

not even 100 million users will save you from the steam machine flop

ed6565
ed6565

I like the pic they have of gabe  for feedbackula

JulyAeon
JulyAeon

Have joined the Steam Community a couple of years ago and not regretted it one moment.  The service is excellent and their sales legendary. My xbox is gathering dust. I spent my hard earned money on a decent gaming pc with a little help from the family scrap heap of computer parts and a few new parts. Didn't cost me more than the new xbox and good riddance to MS Gold! And it is quieter and doesn't overheat...and I can use my wireless controller, if I wanted to. And I never played Team Fortress...

billzihang
billzihang

65 million users ago the old PC format went extinct.

holtrocks
holtrocks

@Dannystaples14 No because on Steam you can change your user name how ever many times you want for free, the way it should be. Going by the law of 10% of a user base is usually on Steam seems to average around 6 million always on so the math is closer to 60 million with about 5 million dead accounts, which sounds very plausible.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@Mik2303 I'm sure that most of the people who play LoL will also have a Steam account. Seems unlikely they wouldn't play any other games, ever.

ColdFirewmj
ColdFirewmj

@Unholy123 No ,EA will keep Origin for huge profit of platform,and I want to know when VALVE will focus on game ,and stop the fvcking shit DOTA2 and platform ,I have been waiting for HL3 for many years

quaker04
quaker04

@usagism Welcome to the crew who never complains aganist each other platform. No dumb fightings between consoles and real next-gen graphics before it becomes next-gen. And of course... mods.

collingtonuk
collingtonuk

@Pete5506 I like I suspect many others were 'forced' to use it to get the CS1.6 patch, which from memory had some bugs and really annoyed me. I hated steam at the time, how times have changed!

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

@Kryptonbornson Microsoft does compete with itself, especially since it's a shareholder of the Apple corporation.

Daian
Daian

Who died and made u Nostradamus?

Kooken58
Kooken58

@JulyAeon What?! Install Team Fortress 2 this instant.  Its the Halo or COD of the PC community. But better and with mods and FREE

chano880
chano880

@billzihang He's just saying that 65 million users ago the old pc format (read : CD/DVD boxes) went extinct due to Steam and all other digital sales platforms.... I think :P

ewjiml
ewjiml

@billzihang  

Don't worry.  He gets headaches trying to formulate a coherent sentence....

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@holtrocks Yeah I was encompassing everything else in the or some shit bit.

It is the same on a lot of things. Runescape for example used to boast millions of players. I myself had about four accounts on that back in the day. 

Unholy123
Unholy123

@ColdFirewmj   IMO HL3 will be probably be used as a launch title for their steambox what better way to get people on your platfrom then launching say HL3 only on PC and Steambox....

Kryptonbornson
Kryptonbornson

@JLCrogue They couldn't be making nearly as much money off stock as they could be making from their own products. 

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@Gaming-Planet @holtrocks Or someone makes an account and doesn't buy anything on it. They just leave it for ages and forget their password. Make a new email and forget what the old one was so they can't recover the Steam Password if they wanted to. Plenty of that happens on PC. Hell MSN must be about 50% abandoned emails at this point. I'd imagine they must purge some of them sooner or later.

I use three MSN accounts now for various things. One of them is wormed up to the eyeballs and I use that for "unstable" sign ups. Stuff I'm not sure about but want to do anyway. So if it ends up spamming me with junk it won't matter. I've had others in the past also and my brother man he must have had 12 of them over the past six or seven years.

I had a Steam account absolutely ages ago but I always tend to use pretty much the same password for everything or small variations of it. So I got my four-five year old account back about a year ago and only then did I purchase my first game.

So did they include me in their data before? And it has only been in the last year where I've actually been an active member of Steam.

Gaming-Planet
Gaming-Planet

@Dannystaples14 @holtrocks 

There's no need to create more accounts on Steam since your games are tied to that account and you can change your screen name whenever. The only reason why anyone would create an alt is to use hacks online like a noob and get VAC Banned.

Kryptonbornson
Kryptonbornson

@JLCrogue I couldn't find solid info on that. I think they may still have Apple stock, but no voting shares. So even if they make some money, they aren't determining what Apple products are made. 

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

@Kryptonbornson @JLCrogue They own a large part of Apple and have a say in what products they release, so they are technically competing with themselves, but it makes sense if it means that they almost have a monopoly on the market.