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.