Valve steams ahead to 13 million

Steam reaches user milestone, announces additional features and service coming later this year.

Online PC distribution service Steam has hit more than 13 million active accounts and is averaging more than 7 billion player minutes a month of online gameplay.

Valve, the Washington-based company which runs Steam, will be bringing new features and services to the platform later this year--and more "major publishers" are set to announce games for Steam "this summer."

Steam was first announced in 2002 at the Game Developers Conference, and now has around 150 games available for digital download, including those from publishers Activision, Eidos, Introversion, Strategy First, and PopCap Games.

Valve's president and cofounder Gabe Newell, commented, "We've approached the development of Steam the same way we treat our online games; we release something we've tested, we internalize the feedback, and then we release new features and functionality based upon the feedback received."

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rottenjoe
rottenjoe

good job.. you are popular now valve

jogunther
jogunther

Steam is definetely a competent attempt at digital distrubution. Hope it only gets better.

jaredcrazy3232
jaredcrazy3232

i love steam... i first was pretty pissed that u cant really share your games, but all the positives of the system more than makes up for it... any one for a little gmod?

gbrading
gbrading moderator

It's all of these extra games that have teamed up with Steam/Valve and are now available through it that are leading to this I think. The catalogue grows almost daily.

Agulf
Agulf

13 million active players? More like 300 000 active players if you check the steam status. And out of those, 50% are bots. Edit: Oh, "Active Accounts"... Active meaning anyone who has ever had tried steam - trial or otherwise - because valve doesn't remove the account unless you cheat. So it's "active" in the sense of "on" (the accounts aren't closed) and not in the sense of "participating" (because they are not really used). Clever, don't you think?

DrMario57
DrMario57

I use Steam all the time, its great, and I think fastpunk should get a better computer.

fastpunk
fastpunk

Honestly, Steam is way too slow and it's annoying as hell sometimes. If they would work on that then it would be better.

soultaker2004
soultaker2004

not a big fan of downloading stuff...constantly, and i find the whole steam program to be kinda slow.

gagan21
gagan21

keep up the good work steam :wink:

crozon
crozon

13 million isn't that bigger than all the xbox360 consoles sold?

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

steam isn't the greatest service. downloading games is kind of a drag. it wasn't that bad before but now that games are becoming bigger i don't why they are doing it

amogley
amogley

I just got a new PC, and needed to install all my HL/HL2 based games. It all went swimmingly .. logged into steam and downloaded all the content again. Great system. 13 Million accounts ... that's more than WoW !!

imprezawrx500
imprezawrx500

steam is awesome, its great to have all your game all together, and being able to acess them from anywhere as well as the awesome online service is great, go steam

smoothn00dle
smoothn00dle

Valve only give out account number, people can have multi accounts. I want to how many HL sold through stream.

fierro316
fierro316

I'm glad Steam is doing great . Digital distribution is the future.

p99007
p99007

Take that Blizzard!!!

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

I've never really liked the Steam service. I'm not into downloading too much.

robfield
robfield

Hopefully this gives Valve the money to keep up the high quality work

fionndruinne
fionndruinne

Gosh, people, I thought we were past the Steam age. Those environmentalists are pushing us backwards. Er, in seriousness, I can't complain about Steam, they're very effective people with good ideas, and they work. Just not on dial-up.

holenjd
holenjd

Keep up the good work.

vaejas
vaejas

Yay new features. What new features? Tell ya later... Oh, and games.

GizmoVirus
GizmoVirus

I didnt realise it was so big, I thought it was just for Half Life 2

d12malu
d12malu

I love Steam. Just get rid of those cell-phone looking games.

runstalker
runstalker

I'm now up to 12 games on Steam. What can I say - it makes it easy to play Valve's premium games and really easy to catch up on stuff you missed, or stuff you're curious about. I could do without the uber-casual game category they added this year, but I suppose there's a place for them.

Chaad_Losan
Chaad_Losan

Never used it. "Steam Shall Save the World" - Ninja High School. Professor Steamhead

sciss0rz
sciss0rz

More publishers (assuming they have good games) means my account is gonna hit 70 games by the time summer is over.

LouieV13
LouieV13

I have like 27 games in my steam list I love steam :P Its so easy to buy games and play them!

dekethedog
dekethedog

Steam is going to become bloatware

shrink45
shrink45

I sunk close to $150 in my Steam account. All Valve games, Dreamfall, Painkiller, Xpand Rally, Dark Messiah and of course, GMOD! Oh yeah, baby, keep 'em comin' Steam!!!

Al_Ka_Pwn
Al_Ka_Pwn

lol RaiKageRyu u are an idiot,

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

LOL, PC's do not have a soul. Real gamers know where most the real games are, and the PC ain't carrying them.

eckertt001
eckertt001

Steam is fantastic. You get access to your games from anywhere. No activation, no serial keys, no screwy copy protections, no needing cd to load to just run your game, and you dont even have to install the game. All you need is steam, and done.

Atomic_Mutant
Atomic_Mutant

Although I am a regular Steam online user, I can see one problem with the service. It may require, especially with newly released games, developers or publishers to release patches or post-release content on two different platforms, one electronically distributed and the other packaged. I was rather surprised that Direct2Drive games required this different delivery method for patches and I am sure this limitation applies to Steam as well. Steam may be better served as a repository of older games for now, which would provide publishers with additional revenue that would otherwise be routed to retailer's used games sales.

iseeundead
iseeundead

i just want to send greetz to all real PC gamers Consoles are good, but PC`s have a history and soul. steam is also ok. P.S. I would not change my rig for all the next-gen consoles available. never. ever.

biowulf
biowulf

I still dislike steam, but then again, I don't play counterstrike anymore.

nemes1s3000
nemes1s3000

I used to hate Steam when it first popped out of Valve, but today, I'm loving it, just goes to show ya that in time.. you too can love something so ugly. (Steam's not really ugly.)

Genexi2
Genexi2

If it weren't for Half-Life2, this would have never happened, let that be a lesson to other companies who try to enforce useless software that comes packaged as a requirement with their shoddy titles. Valve knew what they were doing when they created Steam....

mismajor99
mismajor99

Steam rocks. Good to see PC Gaming alive and well, and still shining as the ultimate platform. !!

nesto423
nesto423

i actually liked steam b4 it was all commercialized. b4 all the cheezy demo's and such. i'll live w/it cause i'm a cs 1.6 and source player :) .... aaaaaghhh ... countercrack ... grinds teeth :)

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

Awesome! I have always loved Steam! It's a really great idea, because you never need any of the discs for games, and you don't even have to go anywhere to get a new game.. It's also really nice having games automatically download patches and such..

zeecorner
zeecorner

Good job Valve!! I remember where everyone thought those guys were crazy. but I have to admit...I've never dl a game off of steam besides Half Life stuff.

The1stFishBone
The1stFishBone

Oh my god, I was just doing the math. The average person with steam installed plays an average of 9 hours a month. Thats disgusting, I cant stand playing Counter Strike for more than 5 minutes.