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Today developer Valve released some details about its Steam service, specifically pertaining to how its user base grew in 2009.

According to Valve Steam now has over 25 million active accounts, a 25% increase from 2008. Another note worthy statistic is that software sales on Steam increased by over 205% during 2009, “marking the fifth straight year the platform has realized over 100% year-over-year growth in unit sales.” 

Steam was originally launched in 2003 as a platform to distribute Valve games. Six years later, Steam boasts over 1000 games from more than 100 developers including industry giants such as Activision and Electronic Arts as well as garage-based indie developers.

Gabe Newell, President of Valve, stated: “Steam turned five years old in March 2009. With the introduction of each new platform feature released over the years — such as the Steam Community, Steam Cloud, and Steamworks — we’ve seen corresponding growth in account numbers, concurrent player numbers and developer support for the platform. As such, we plan to continue to expand and grow the platform to better serve the developers supporting the open platform and millions of gamers logging in each day.”

If you frequently read my news articles, you probably gathered that I’m somewhat of a Valve fanboy. I absolutely 100% believe that Steam is the best thing to happen to PC gaming in years. It offers plenty of games, usually at a discounted price, an easy way to communicate and organize games with friends, and a non-invasive form of DRM to combat piracy. Hopefully Steam will see more improvements and hit more milestones in 2010.


  1. Considering how absolutely horrible Steam was when it was first launched, its nice to see how it’s evolved into what is essentially the industry leader in PC digital distribution. I’m looking forward though to even further advancements with the system as it begins moving toward integrating everything onto “the cloud”.

  2. I’m really happy to hear how well Steam is doing. It’s currently my favorite digital distributor of games and has been ever since I bought Dark Messiah of Might and Magic.

    While Steam did have some problems when it first launched and still continues to have a few problems here and there, it should be applauded for bringing indie games into the mainstream. Even Impulse has picked up on this and has begun offering several quality indie titles.

    To the President and founder of who called Steam “malware”, that couldn’t be any further from the truth. Steam is a great gaming community and easy to access platform.

  3. It’s very amusing to hear about other similar services bash on Steam

  4. Ever since I was forced into downloading steam to play Portal, I’ve loved my time on there. I think other digital distribution services like GOG and Impulse are just pissed that it has such a head start on them and provides such a full, almost console sort of experience. If you’ve got Steam, you really don’t need those other services (except for the rare exclusives).

  5. avatar Anonymous

    I’m really happy that the Steam project is having such meritated growing fame

  6. avatar gameofilo

    I’m really happy that the Steam project is having such meritated growing fame

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