6,000 Games Released On Steam This Year

That's a lot of games.


More than 6,000 games have been released on Steam so far this year--and there is still more than a month left before 2017 is out. This number comes from industry analyst Daniel Ahmad, who works for Niko Partners.

As Ahmad points out, 6,000 is nearly equal to the total number of games released on Steam in the decade between 2005 and 2015. It's up from more than 4,200 games released on Steam in 2016 (via GI.biz). Here is the dramatic-looking chart that Ahmad put together to highlight the dramatic rise in Steam releases.

No doubt a big portion of the new releases this year have come through Steam Direct, which replaced Steam Greenlight earlier this year. Since its launch earlier this year, more than 1,000 games have been released, according to Kotaku.

The flood of new releases is lucrative for Valve, as the company gets a cut of every game sale, while also taking the $100 fee for every Steam Direct application.

In 2014, Valve released the "Steam Discovery" update to help users find what they're looking for amid the onslaught of new releases. The update added new personalised recommendations based on your gameplay, as well as new search and discovery tools.

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Most of those games don't count

Avatar image for willyb1963

Maybe 6 were even marginally good.

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And how many of those are shovelware? 5700?

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@walidras: You dont?

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''games'' lul. STEAM stopped being relevant in 2010.

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This isnt a good thing. 5500 of them are gloryfied mobile crap

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A gamer who only play high quality games wont have that much to play.

Avatar image for R4gn4r0k

This is just getting worse and worse.

Most of those asset flips, broken software and can't even be called games.

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Sadly most of them ar garbage. Even they admited that they need to better their filtering process.

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Unfortunately, 1/2 of them are F2P nonsense, and the other half are Visual Novels.

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5991 shovelware piles of trash

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That's ultimately ridiculous. It's no wonder it's so hard for anyone to even get a break on Steam now. And, the irony is that Steam is one of the lesser saturated digital stores/services. :-o

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That's lots of games folks will buy and never play.

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If you exclude all the visual novels and asset-purchased Unity games, what would the new number be?

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Steam is one step away from becoming another Goodle Play Store if Valve don't do some real, manual quality control.

Oh Gaben, why hath thou forsaken us?

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This is a good comment section, people aren't buying into the garbage since Steam stopped curating and having any form of quality control beyond "lots of people say these guys ripped them off, maybe we should stop letting them."

Quantity =! quantity.

Steam has essentially completely squandered all of the consumer goodwill they'd built up in their first several years on the quick buck.

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@Xylymphydyte: Can get a refund in Aus with any game on Steam if you haven't played for more than 2 hours i think.

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@motopram: That doesn't really make it okay.

I wouldn't at a joint that offered me a refund if I threw up within 2 hours since they don't have any clue what they put into their dishes and they allow anyone who wanders in off the street to cook.

Steam built up their reputation because they were a bastion of quality software and good deals. That's long since gone though as their quality of software is dead and buried and their sales are lower quality year after year. Sure, a lot of things are ON sale but the discounts are less than half what they once were and they tend to just be on the same things year after year.

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@wafflekings: Beat? Real Steam fans don't beat games. They buy them and never play them.

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@wafflekings: I did - Kim

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How many apps were there in the App Store? Exactly. No one fucking cares.

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Thats only because 90% of them are babies first Unity game!

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5850 is a Scam games for STEAMCARDS and cashgrabs, Greenlight was not perfect but it was keeping Scam at bay, Valve did f ed up there.

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They can make their money that way while I wait for the top level games to go on sale.

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Now now, no ones asking you to play 6000 games good or bad, that's YouTube's job to decifer until they rage and also hate the game you were about to buy.

Come one now, just make a game so I can play people below and soon to be above.

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its crazy really, not in a good way.....90 percent of the games are nightmares to even try to struggle through, PC has no weeding out process and it makes it so hard to find those gems

Avatar image for Xristophoros

nasty. and 5,850 of those titles are junk :D

some form of quality control is desperately needed on steam. the lot of trash is not going to sort itself, gabe.

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Load of tripe most of them as are Steam's sale prices, this weekend they have modern warfare 3 'on sale' £20 for a 6 year old game...jog on.

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@jonparkes84: I usually dont defend steam but thats the publisher of the game, all of the COD games on steam are overpriced

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