Today PC gaming super hero Valve released some details regarding the number of people who use its Steam service. Over the past 12 months, Steam has seen a 178% increase in users. This pushes the grand total of Steam gamers to over 30 million. Out of these 30 million, six million users log onto team each day.
Valve CEO Gabe Newell remarked about this years growth, saying: “Steam is on track to record the biggest year in its six year history. The year has marked major development advances to the platform with the introduction of support for Mac titles, the Steam Wallet and in-game item buying support, and more. 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.”
On top of all these new users, Valve also shared that its Steamworks publishing service has now been implemented in over 200 games. On top of serving as an anti-piracy measure, Steamworks also allows games access to Valve’s cloud-based game saving service, Steam Cloud. Apparently, since Steam Cloud’s launch, more than 100 million files have been saved.
Personally these numbers don’t really surprise me, especially considering the recent influx of Mac gamers. As one of the six million gamers who log into Steam daily, it’s hard for me to imagine why someone wouldn’t want to use Steam. You get great games at great prices, plus all sorts of benefits like friends lists, mod support, and free weekends. If you haven’t checked out Steam yet, do yourself a favor and install it. You won’t be sorry.