Steam Owned 2011, Delivering Many Petabytes of Data

OK, so I’m about to do a data dump on your asses in regards to what Steam managed to do this past year. Here we go.

Year-over-year unit sales increased by more than 100%
During the 2011 Holiday Sale Steam’s simultaneous user number eclipsed the 5 million player mark
Delivered 780 Petabytes of data to gamers around the world, double that of 2010
14.5 mil copies of Steamworks games were registered during the year, a 67% increase over 2010
The Steam infrastructure more than doubled its service capacity

780 petabytes? What the f–k is a petabyte? I’ve never heard of such a thing, and I refuse to google it. I bet it’s a lot.

So hooray for Steam. I admit I did use it a lot this year, although my usage has dropped off in the new year as I’ve been spending all my free time playing Star Wars: The Old Republic. Someday I’ll come back to you, Steam, I promise!

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3 Comments on Steam Owned 2011, Delivering Many Petabytes of Data


On January 6, 2012 at 12:01 pm

a petabyte is 1000 terabytes.

Felix Leclerc

On January 6, 2012 at 4:42 pm

jesus can we take bet on the next name after that

Brandon J. Clark

On January 7, 2012 at 9:17 am

Lolz, as a storage and virtualization architect let me tell you that 1000 terabytes may seem like a lot but I work with these numbers every day.