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There are now 65 million Steam accounts

Wednesday, 30 October 2013 16:11 GMT By Phil Owen

PC gaming is dead, but even so Steam has experience a 30 percent growth in its userbase in the past year and has hit 65 million accounts. Also it has more than 3000 games and software applications, so that’s cool. It’ll be interesting to see what Steam Machines do to the userbase next year.

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23 Comments

  1. _LarZen_

    But how many of those are active users? I don’t think I have ever seen more then 6 millions people online in Steam.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Nekrage

    Ya pc gaming is dead /rollseyes

    Hope that was sarcasm…its the master race, console gaming is absolute shit.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Nekrage

    @1 i have seen 8 i think, not 100% sure.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. fearmonkey

    Steam has pretty much saved PC gaming for me. MS was content to let it die in favor of consoles but Steam didnt allow them. Steam’s success created all the imitators out there and thanks to the great deals on games, and the console like interface it has, PC gaming is back in a big way.

    I play On PC 90% of the time right now, I’m sure that will change once the PS4 hits its stride, but I don’t see becoming mainly a console gamer again like I did with the Xbox/Xbox 360.

    I love that Valve is making MS sweat a bit, I hope they continue to do so.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Jerykk

    @4

    The Steam UI isn’t console-like at all. Small text, lots of info packed into single screens, scroll bars… it’s a thoroughly PC UI all the way. Unless you’re talking about Big Picture Mode.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. _LarZen_

    @3 We can agree on never seen 65 million online then :)

    In games like Call of Duty I think I have seen tops 33000 players online at a time. When a new COD comes out. But on Xbox Live the highest I think was around 660000…

    Funny example. Makes one wonder how many are actively using Steam..

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    @4, Steam does not use console interface except for Big Picture Mode. It has nothing to do with bulky console interface. It has small texts, scroll bars, a lot of functions and etc.

    @_LarZen_,6 million people online on Steam is a lot. That means that every day there are 12+ million people that use it. 6 million online is in That exact same hour.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. sebastien rivas

    @2

    I feel you, I had the same reaction. Mr Phil Owen,
    enough with hammering PC community down.

    @6
    What you forget is how many Steam users are actually online and how many actually are playing offline. I go offline, I can play my games but Steam won’t see me and I can also turn my internet off. And I do it often!

    #8 2 years ago
  9. undermyrules

    “PC gaming is dead” nice try console fanboy….Steam is something that console community will dream for life…you will never gonna have things like steam sale…ragers

    #9 2 years ago
  10. pcbros

    @8, +1

    After the price drop on Nvidia GTX cards, I’m thinking Steam Machines might give us a little surprise :)

    Valve could even offer some kind of games bundle, were you get a certain amount of free games with a system purchase. Nvidia has up to three AAA titles given away with their cards right now.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. powerbuoy

    @2 & @9 Sense the sarcasm.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. polygem

    i have 3 steamaccounts…but NO pc. seriously
    = )

    #12 2 years ago
  13. UuBuU

    The “PC gaming is dead” comment was clearly meant as a joke. It’s been reported as “dead” or “dying” since at least the 80s.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. domnage

    I have this framed

    http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/186fmqqxydz4hjpg/original.jpg

    #14 2 years ago
  15. maxroy

    This is actually eye opening when you compare Steam to the latest League of Legends data.

    http://www.twurdy.com/infographic/league_of_legends_infographic_800.jpg

    It took Steam 10 years to reach 65mil users, LoL did more than that in just 3 years.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Rockin a Jack D

    Steam is the next generation. And it started about 8 years ago…

    Also, how many PS4/X1′s are out there in consumers hands? Exactly, none!

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Llewelyn_MT

    Sorry, but comparing a number of accounts in a free to play game to a software distribution platform with 3000 titles is pointless. Compare how fast DotA 2 is growing in comparison BTW. ;-)

    #17 2 years ago
  18. DSB

    @6 Say what now? You can’t have been looking for very long. BLOPS 2 and Skyrim broke through 100k concurrency easy (Skyrim apparently managed 250k) DOTA 2 broke 250k. Actually right now it’s 500k. Yikes.

    The numbers for standard games usually drop pretty fast though.

    I can’t find any numbers because Microsoft are conveniently hiding the data, but currently Steam has a concurrency of around 5-6 million. In 2009, the highest number for Xbox Live was something like 3 million around CoD launches, and Microsoft reported 30 million accounts.

    Steam broke 5 million concurrent users in 2012, so suffice it to say that these platforms are pretty huge.

    Gaben very specifically claimed that when a DOTA 2 patch went live, Steam accounted for 2% of the worlds global bandwidth usage. I have no idea how to verify that, and it’s an insane claim, and he should really back it up. That’s nuts.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. TheWulf

    I like how you opened that, Phil.

    There’s a point I’ve always made and I keep making about the PC — it can’t die. It’s a proper development platform, and one of the few in existence. Therefore, it’s where modders, indies, and open source developers thrive. It’s their home.

    And when successful modders stop being modders, they take to Steam Greenlight with their clever indie titles, to show the masses of PC gamers out there who’re enjoying and loving their output.

    There’s more to the PC than just playing games. It’s a development hub and community! Consider sites like TIG Source where devfolk go to show other devfolk (and people who’re interested in what devfolk do) their latest creations in their earliest alpha stages. Then look at stuff like game jams, the output of which often turns into fully blown indie games because their creators get attached to the projects (and they realise how popular their experiment was).

    It’s a place where people make things.

    Minecraft was released on the PC first and is still most popular there because here, in PC land, people like making things. When you look at how the social networks work on the PC, when you look at sites like tumblr and so on, people like sharing things.

    It’s a completely unique experience and there’s nothing like it anywhere else. To someone who looks solely for the latest, highly polished, homogeneous, triple-A title (same as every other triple-A title)? Yeah, the PC is dead.

    But then, in that case, the PC has been dead since the first IBM computer. The PC has been dead since home computers, when we were typing games into our computers on rubber keyboards, using code provided by magazines. In that particular sense, the PC has always been dead. That’s an interesting perspective, because if you have a closed mind and a narrow world view, you’ll never know how to look for life.

    And the PC is teeming with life. Dev life. :P

    People come to the PC because it’s this giant, creative mecca. We make, we share, we enjoy. Nothing else like it.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. TheWulf

    @5

    I think what’s being mistaken for a ‘console interface’ is what the PC did first — style in design. The 360 and PS3 took a lot (a lot) from the Web 3.0 movement. That movement was a long time ago and revitalised the web into the sleek, sexy thing it is today. This continues to happen with new technologies which allow UIs to work in new, interesting, and exciting ways.

    Steam was also born of web 3.0 ideologies, smart phones too. It happens first on the PC because this is where development happens, this is where the first ideas happen. We experiment and everyone gets to benefit from the fruits of those labours.

    Mozilla said something interesting the other day.

    They believe that ‘browser’ is now an archaic word, since people don’t browse the web any more. The technology has come so far that it’s now more of a form of interactivity, you’re not just reading in a static space, it’s more than that. And there’s so much the Internet can do.

    Yesterday I came across snesbox.com, and this lead to me playing Tetris Battle Gaiden with a friend in America.

    The Internet is amazing.

    Of course, as commercial entities get involved with development, you get perversions of the experimentation that occurred on the PC. This is why you get platforms like Windows RT and iOS which, in my opinion, are as ugly as they are awful. The Android phone, however, has retained the stylishness, sleekness, and usability of the Internet. A lot of this is to do with Google’s attitudes and their understanding of the Internet.

    Google was, after all, very important in the early birthing days of our world wide web.

    But yeah. Even though commercialised variants are somewhat archaic and outdated (and thus perverse) in their implementation, they’re still reminiscent of what’s happening with web development on the PC. So someone who’s not been exposed to web development is going to look at it and think ‘console interface’ rather than ‘web interface.’

    Steam is veeery much a web interface. Hell, the thing is built upon a webkit package. So yeah.

    I have to say though that I don’t blame anyone (at all) for looking at Steam and thinking of it as being ‘console like.’ What the consoles are doing now is basically mostly buried from what the Internet has been doing for decades, except they’re keeping around more archaic, outdated systems. So Steam is going to seem more exciting, as though it’s ‘console like, but better.’

    So I can definitely understand that mindset and statement.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. TheWulf

    @13

    I got that too. >_> I thought it was funny, personally. He was just making fun of the people who keep saying that the PC is dead, or that the PC will die because of new consoles, new mobiles, new tablets, or what have you.

    It’s funny because the people who frequently say that the PC is dead don’t realise why it’s so very alive in the first place.

    The PC is dead as a commercial mecca, sure, but it was never that to begin with. My ZX Spectrum wasn’t that, nor was my C64, my Amiga, my 386, or any other computer I’ve ever had. It’s just perceptions and how they can be warped, and some can be warped to believe that a lack of a commercial presence in something means that something is dead.

    That’s bizarre.

    There are many creative communities, many fandoms, and many systems out there that thrive without any commercial involvement. It’s always kind of funny when someone says that they can’t exist because of the lack of a big company behind them. That’s what Phil’s making fun of.

    The PC is doing just fine, despite not having been monopolised by some giant gatekeeper of a company. It’s alive and well, and it always will be because it’s a unique platform.

    The only thing that might happen is that other systems might become more and more like the PC, until there’s nothing to distinguish a PC from another platform. And when that happens, the PC will still be alive and well, just in many different forms.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Gekidami

    65 million users in just under 10 years for a service thats free to sign up to on a platform billions own.

    Sorry but thats just weak.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Liberty Cabbage

    I’m glad we could all spend so much time arguing over this throwaway opening line from Phil. That’s really important and useful

    #23 2 years ago

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    Here he comes with his weird face, dealing goods and gear for Guardians. It’s Friday. Xur: Agent of the Nine is back in the Tower. Of Course he is. Got your Strange Coins? Here’s what’s in his bag this week: Ruin Wings [Exotic Titan gauntlets] – 13SC Don’t Touch Me [Exotic Hunter gauntlets] – 13SC […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC drops for PS4 on May 26

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon pic.twitter.com/mU1WfkSrQV — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

  • New Witcher 3 screenshots highlight Geralt’s questionable fashion choices

    Even though The Witcher 3 release date is drawing closer, it still feels like a million year away. So here are some more screenshots to tide you over until then. We got to look at in-game shots yesterday, but these new screens show Geralt riding through some gorgeously vibrant mountains, in the midst of combat […]

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

    Say goodbye to The Sims 4 unique take on fatherhood, as The Sims Gurus confirm that male pregnancies are no more. The Sims 4 players have been reporting high numbers of alien abductions, leaving their male characters with sore bottoms and a bellyful of alien baby. Kotaku reports that not everyone was getting their knickers […]

  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

    Half-life remake Black Mesa may have a release date at last. Black Mesa is a Source Engine remake of the original Half-life, which like everything related to Half-life feels like it’s taking forever to come out. The first part launched in September 2012, and it looks like we might have a release date for the […]

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

    Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]

  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]

  • Free Dragon Age short stories fill us in on Corypheus’s followers

    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]

  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]

  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow. The title of the game was announced today along with the Kickstarter date. Formerly known as Project Ukulele, the 3D platformer is said to be “between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie,” and stars Yooka […]

  • Console version of Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is in development

    Now that Mistwalker’s Terra Battle has surpassed 2 million downloads on mobile, the developer is now working on a console version of the tactical RPG. As part of the original Download Starter campaign, the 2 million milestone means the company will begin development on Terra Battle’s console version with details to be announced at a […]

  • Prison break game The Escapists is heading to PlayStation 4 from May 29

    The Escapists, Mouldy Toof’s prison break game originally released as a timed console exclusive Xbox One, has a release date for PlayStation 4. For those unfamiliar with the title, which is also a PC release, it tasks players’ time management skills as they do a bit of digging and crafting, and other prison-type stuff as […]

  • Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016 to ensure series is “taken to the next level”

    Dead Island 2 has been delayed into 2016 by Yager in order to ensure the sequel “takes Dead Island to the next level.” According to a tweet from the developer, it set “big goal” for the game, and in order to deliver what fans expect, the team needs more time to reach development goals. “We […]

  • Project Cars: here’s a list of all available cars at launch

    Project Cars will contain many, many cars and if we are counting correctly, there will be 74 total at launch. The standard edition contains 65 total, and when factoring the free car as well as the Modified and Limited Edition cars packs, you can add an additional nine cars to the mix. Comb through the […]

  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from TeamFortress.tv, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]

  • Fire Emblem If will come in White Kingdom and Black Kingdom versions with amiibo support

    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]

  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess heads west with “Golden Toilet” pre-order bonus

    Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess will debut on western PlayStation 4 systems this summer, Koei Tecmo has announced. It is also coming to PS3 and Vita. The game was produced by Keisuke Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame and takes up where Deception 4: Blood Ties left off allowing players to relive Laegrinna’s pursuit to free […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario demo, Paper Mario, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Paper Mario on Virtual Console, and amiibo Tap. The full update is below. eShop update amiibo Tap – free – Wii U Star Wars Pinball DLC – Wii U Paper Mario – Wii U […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC port handed off to Nixxes

    The PC port of the new Deus Ex has been handed over to Netherlands based studio, Nixxes software. After the initial reveal trailer at the beginning of April, we’ve only had a few morsels in the way of additional news. The most intriguing tidbit to date has got to be the fact that you’ll be […]

  • First-ever PC Gaming Show to take place at E3 2015 in June

    PC gaming will finally have its very own E3 press conference this year, thanks to PC Gamer and AMD. The PC Gaming Show will take place on June 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles and it will be livestreamed on Twitch. PC Gamer said speakers at the presentation will include representatives from Blizzard, […]

  • Majora’s Mask light available now on Club Nintendo for 6000 stars

    Club Nintendo shuts up shop on September 30 and members are being encouraged to spend accumulated stars before then. And what better to spend them on, than this adorable Majora’s Mask light? If you’re a member based in Europe you can nab it for 6000 stars. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it’ll only […]

  • Unity support announced for HoloLens, will work with Windows universal apps

    Microsoft is partnering with game engine developers Unity in order to make HoloLens compatible with apps and games which use the cross-platform engine. The partnership was announced yesterday during its Build Developer Conference. Universal apps for Windows 10 systems will also be available on Xbox One later this year, suggesting possible HoloLens functionality with the […]

  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

    A Nintendo Direct focused on Splatoon, the Wii U multiplayer title, on May 7. It will kick off at 7am PDT/10am EDT/3pm UK and it can be watched via the Nintendo Direct website. You can also have a look at the game through Nintendo’s Twitch channel. The last game-specific presentation took place last week and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: clean up the streets as a member of the San Andreas PD with this new mod

    Remember the awesome mods for GTA 4 and San Andreas that let you run amok online as a member of the po-po? Well, dust off your taser and load up your gun, because it’s coming to GTA 5. The new mod for GTA 5 is currently in alpha and can be downloaded at palmbeachgames.com. You […]

  • Indie shoot ‘em up Project Root comes to Xbox One, PS4 and PSVita

    Project Root is a self-proclaimed rejig of the shoot ‘em up genre that was released on PC last year, and it’s finally coming to consoles. Combining free-roaming elements with the usual business of shooting things, Project Root was released this week for Xbox One, PS4 and the PSVita.

  • You can now bet on eSports online, starting with League of Legends

    If you’re getting bored with sticking a pony on the races, you can expand your gambling horizons at Unikrn where you can watch esports streams and get a little action on the side. The new platform was set up by Rahul Sood – previously the general manager of Microsoft Ventures. At the moment, customers are […]