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.