Steam Has 30 Million Users, says Valve

The largest online community in gaming isn’t run by Blizzard. It’s a little thing you may have heard of called Steam.

Valve has announced that Steam now has 30 million active users, representing a 178 percent growth year over year. Obviously, this has resulted in Valve increasing their infrastructure to keep up with demand, and they’re now running 400Gps of bandwidth. All that is supporting a library of over 1,200 games.

The really rosy news for Valve is that sales are up over 200% year over year, marking the sixth straight year where sales have at least doubled over the previous year.

In the announcement, Valve President Gabe Newell said,

Steam is on track to record the biggest year in its six year history. 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.

We’re not surprised that Steam is doing so well. After all, it’s all we can do not to spend ourselves into the poorhouse whenever they run a big sale.

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3 Comments on Steam Has 30 Million Users, says Valve

ezeht

On October 18, 2010 at 10:05 pm

thats great and wonderful steam. so when are you going to get off your rich butts and make half life 3.. not epi 3- we want a all new game.. i can care less about anything else on your site. the only thing i plan to buy from you is a all new hl3.

it best not be some short crap like 95% of games out today. try and sell dlc’s- or we do not get the other half the game type junk..

you are the largest name in gaming. lets see a hl3 worthy of you and better than hl2.

corpse

On October 19, 2010 at 3:41 am

your funny ezeht, valve makes the game not steam. Watch the pictures when the game starts up, it reads valve. not steam. look it up or start up your game. Great information, but kind of a no brainer that they are doing so well. they are dominating the cyber cafe of the gaming world congrats steam for trying to cut out the retail in retail. oh ya ezeht they are working currently on Team Fortress 2 as far as I know they update that sucker almost every month and they are working on Counter Strike: Source as well. Too bad all that programing could of been done easier in Python what a waste of time to learn C++ or any C language for that matter.

ezeht

On October 19, 2010 at 7:38 pm

oops sorry. i put steam and valve together. i prefer disc but steam is a good service. sure is better than junk gfwl..

all i buy from them or valve is hl stuff- but i do have a few steam gifts- bioshock and front lines fuel of war. i have hl2 collectors ed and epis 1 and 2. i never liked cs and stopped playing mp games long a go because of cheaters..

it is time for a hl3. the sad thing is. i do not think valve has a newer in house game engine.. if they was looking- i think the crytek2 might be a good 1..

i know nothing about programming- my first wife went to school for all of that..