30 Million Steam Accounts Can't Be Wrong

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30 Million Steam Accounts Can't Be Wrong

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Valve announced today that there are currently over 30 million active Steam accounts and that its sales keep growing astronomically..

Everybody loves Steam. It's a great service and more and more gamers are adopting it as the distributor of choice for downloading and playing games on their PC. Today, Valve reported that the 30 million accounts it currently boasts is the result of 187 percent growth in the last 12 months. In addition, actual sales in the last twelve months have increased over 200 percent from the same period the year before, marking the sixth straight year of such an increase in sales. In short, Gabe Newell is loaded.

"Steam is on track to record the biggest year in its six year history," said Gabe Newell, president of Valve. "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."

More impressive are the amount of gamers who access the service. Valve reports that peak users hit the 3 million mark this year, with another milestone of 6 million unique users accessing Steam in one day. To cover all of that bandwidth, the Valve servers can now stream up to 400 gigabytes of data per second. For those of you wondering, "Hey, how many times a second can Valve distribute the Oxford English Dictionary over Steam?" Well, for those of you stumped by the obvious question that popped into everyone's brain, the answer is 92.6 times per second. That's a lot of words, people.

Anyway you cut it, Steam is a success. But, of course, you PC gamers already knew that.

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What's a Steam?

I kid, I kid. I like it. I bought a lot of adventure games on it. Haven't played most of them. Got the Telltale bundle last Christmas sale. You know...Steam sales make you buy games you never end up playing. Mostly use it for Puzzle Quest, Torchlight, and Morrowind. And 2 playthroughs of The Longest Journey.

*goes back to Morrowind*

It's fucking annoying to mod Morrowind on Steam, though. Have to change file dates and shit. Too lazy. Vanilla Morrowind will have to do.

Greg Tito:
In short, Gabe Newell is loaded.

Well disguised weight joke? Hey, don't look at me that way...

You all thought the same thing.

Cmon Valve destroy Microsoft and there shitty gfwl. Microsoft recently stated they would support the pc but they just announced exclusive xbox 360 fallout: new vegas dlc.

I had to use it because of The Orange Box, I continue to use it because of the awesome sales they constantly have.

BritishWeather:
Cmon Valve destroy Microsoft and there shitty gfwl. Microsoft recently stated they would support the pc but they just announced exclusive xbox 360 fallout: new vegas dlc.

Yeah, because destroying all other companys is a good thing >.>

2003??

Felt like yesterday.

Good work, Valve.

Terrific service.

Most impressive.

I rarely use it but I do find Steam very useful and easy to use. Congratulations.

Onyx Oblivion:
What's a Steam?

steam   
[steem]
-noun
1.
water in the form of an invisible gas or vapor.
2.
water changed to this form by boiling, extensively used for the generation of mechanical power, for heating purposes, etc.
3.
the mist formed when the gas or vapor from boiling water condenses in the air.
4.
an exhalation of a vapor or mist.
5.
Informal . power or energy.

*cough*
Well good for them, always nice to see a primarily PC developer doing well, still i wonder how many of those accounts were forced by hard copy versions of games that won't run unless you install Steamworks and make account there...

dogstile:

BritishWeather:
Cmon Valve destroy Microsoft and there shitty gfwl. Microsoft recently stated they would support the pc but they just announced exclusive xbox 360 fallout: new vegas dlc.

Yeah, because destroying all other companys is a good thing >.>

you sir and trying to be clever but end up sounding like a cracker. EXPRESSION OF SPEECH

I came for the Half-Life 2, I stayed for (more of) the awesome.

Everybody loves Steam.

HA(!)

OT: Good for them. I'll stick with GFWL for now.

BritishWeather:
Cmon Valve destroy Microsoft and there shitty gfwl. Microsoft recently stated they would support the pc but they just announced exclusive xbox 360 fallout: new vegas dlc.

Maybe they're annoyed because New Vegas is not using GFWL?

BritishWeather:

dogstile:

BritishWeather:
Cmon Valve destroy Microsoft and there shitty gfwl. Microsoft recently stated they would support the pc but they just announced exclusive xbox 360 fallout: new vegas dlc.

Yeah, because destroying all other companys is a good thing >.>

you sir and trying to be clever but end up sounding like a cracker. EXPRESSION OF SPEECH

Not trying to sound smart. Merely hinting that maybe you should understand why GFWL is actually a good thing for PC gaming in general (not as a service guys, its horrible as that).

Competition breeds advancement.

And its freedom of speech, or freedom of expression.

Presently, steam has plenty of competition, in the form of the still-dominant retail market.

Ten years out, then we can have conversations about how steam may or may not be squealching the competition. I have had nothing but joys from steam, and nothing but misery from GFWL.

I love skewed numbers. 30 Mio is LOL. How many are actually "in use"? Not even 1% for sure as any sane player uses Steam-Remover cracks to get rid of this pest called steam sticking to your legit applications. But this created account count idiocy is done at a lot of places. Important is not the number of "created" accounts but the number of actually "used" accounts... and the number of pissed off customers.

Good for them.

Now how about they fix all the little problems Steam has had for ages? Like an offline mode that needs to connect to the internet to start offline. Or how about a download-scheduler, so we have more options instead of "immediately" and "never". I hate it when a game starts downloading, I set it to offline mode, and the game is unplayable.

I'd much rather schedule updates to start at night when I'm asleep then "whenever it feels like, usually when I'm doing something".

Did anyone buy (I think it is called) Pirates, Vikings and Knights? It was free at the weekend...not sure if it still is. Gosh that was awful. But free. And that is the important thing.

I do wish however that I could put a lock on my account, as I keep buying games I don't need...

Irridium:

Now how about they fix all the little problems Steam has had for ages? Like an offline mode that needs to connect to the internet to start offline.

Never had that issue...I can turn on my laptop in the middle of a desert, far from the internet, and start playing Sam & Max with no problem.

dogstile:

BritishWeather:

dogstile:

BritishWeather:
Cmon Valve destroy Microsoft and there shitty gfwl. Microsoft recently stated they would support the pc but they just announced exclusive xbox 360 fallout: new vegas dlc.

Yeah, because destroying all other companys is a good thing >.>

you sir and trying to be clever but end up sounding like a cracker. EXPRESSION OF SPEECH

Not trying to sound smart. Merely hinting that maybe you should understand why GFWL is actually a good thing for PC gaming in general (not as a service guys, its horrible as that).

Competition breeds advancement.

And its freedom of speech, or freedom of expression.

True, but Microsoft do too much unnecessary harm to pc gamers, why not support your own bloody platform.

By expression of speech i mean when i say i'm going to destroy someone i won't actually destroy someone, lol i'm not saying your blocking my freedom of speech.

Beats the hell out of anything Microsoft has done to 'lead the way' on PC. Steam is great. It's convenient, cheap and well utilized. Prices for new games seem to be going up on Steam though, which is concerning, but in the meantime it's nice to be able to pay 1/3 of normal price BEFORE discounts kick in.

In short: Go, Valve, go!

Odjin:
I love skewed numbers. 30 Mio is LOL. How many are actually "in use"? Not even 1% for sure as any sane player uses Steam-Remover cracks to get rid of this pest called steam sticking to your legit applications. But this created account count idiocy is done at a lot of places. Important is not the number of "created" accounts but the number of actually "used" accounts... and the number of pissed off customers.

take a look here: http://store.steampowered.com/stats/ and you will have your answer of how many people do actually log in. As of right...... now! there are over 2,500,000 people online (insert over 9000 joke here) so a lot more than 1% are active. That is almost 30% and its a freaking monday morning.

Almost everyone I know has multiple steam accounts for some reason or another. This number does not impress.

GamesB2:

Everybody loves Steam.

HA(!)

OT: Good for them. I'll stick with GFWL for now.

BritishWeather:
Cmon Valve destroy Microsoft and there shitty gfwl. Microsoft recently stated they would support the pc but they just announced exclusive xbox 360 fallout: new vegas dlc.

Maybe they're annoyed because New Vegas is not using GFWL?

trolling person is trolling

Puddle Jumper:
Almost everyone I know has multiple steam accounts for some reason or another. This number does not impress.

Why would anyone need multiple Steam accounts, so you can gift a game to yourself?

Odjin:
I love skewed numbers. 30 Mio is LOL. How many are actually "in use"? Not even 1% for sure as any sane player uses Steam-Remover cracks to get rid of this pest called steam sticking to your legit applications. But this created account count idiocy is done at a lot of places. Important is not the number of "created" accounts but the number of actually "used" accounts... and the number of pissed off customers.

This post is filled with amusement. "30 million is LOL. How many are actually 'in use'? Not even 1% for sure..."

Let's see...1% of 30 million is 300,000 users. On average, I see 1.5-2.5 million users on Steam on a daily basis, and Valve announced in the article that they had 6 million unique users accessing it in a single day. Assuming that said 6 million are the ONLY ones with "in use" accounts (a flimsy assumption at that), we're looking at something around..oh..20%? And that's being conservative.

Logic: It's a wonderful thing.

tehannihalator:
trolling person is trolling

Calling me a troll? ^_- Odd but hardly original...

State your case.

Onyx Oblivion:

Irridium:

Now how about they fix all the little problems Steam has had for ages? Like an offline mode that needs to connect to the internet to start offline.

Never had that issue...I can turn on my laptop in the middle of a desert, far from the internet, and start playing Sam & Max with no problem.

Its the opposite for me.

If I try to start up without an internet in offline mode it gives me a big fat "CONNECT TO INTERNET TO COMPLETE PROCESS".

And that usually ends with me raging.

I don't know what to think of this. On one hand, i use Steam, i like the sales, etcetera etcetera. But on the other, it seems to become a bit of a monopoly over time (even if due to great service), and monopolies are never good. And i don't really hope that Valve will stay on the straight-and-narrow if they completely overtake the market.

It's still better than GFWL, mind you.

I could love it for free Portal alone.

JeanLuc761:
On average, I see 1.5-2.5 million users on Steam on a daily basis, and Valve announced in the article that they had 6 million unique users accessing it in a single day. Assuming that said 6 million are the ONLY ones with "in use" accounts (a flimsy assumption at that), we're looking at something around..oh..20%? And that's being conservative.

I agree. Steam is doing well but the number that impresses is the 6 million in one day number.

For those talking about competition with Steam I would say D2D, Impulse and to a much lesser extent GoG are there real competition. The PC games areas in stores is noticeably smaller then it was even 3 years ago and that is only going to continue.

Steam will power the world once again :D

Good on you, Valve people. Keep up the great work.

Steam is friggin' awesome. Glad to see most people agree.

Glad to see steam isn't going by the wayside anytime soon! Personally, I don't think there could -be- the PC gaming I love anymore without it. Its become a pillar of the industry.

GamesB2:

OT: Good for them. I'll stick with GFWL for now.

I want this to be a joke, I know this should be a joke, and yet there's something nagging me and saying that perhaps it is not a joke.

Irridium:

Onyx Oblivion:

Irridium:

Now how about they fix all the little problems Steam has had for ages? Like an offline mode that needs to connect to the internet to start offline.

Never had that issue...I can turn on my laptop in the middle of a desert, far from the internet, and start playing Sam & Max with no problem.

Its the opposite for me.

If I try to start up without an internet in offline mode it gives me a big fat "CONNECT TO INTERNET TO COMPLETE PROCESS".

And that usually ends with me raging.

Activate offline mode once while you are online. Then offline mode should work consistently so long as you don't buy a game or Steam doesn't receive an update.

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