Steam has 75 million active users, Valve’s “goal is to make Greenlight go away”

Wednesday, 15th January 2014 19:57 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Valve announced back in October that Steam has 65 million users. Today, during Steam Dev Days, the firm announced it now has 75 million active users – a massive jump for such a short period of time.

According to an email sent to VG247, over the last three months, Steam accounts jumped 15% with an addition 10 million user, noting the increase occurred during “a busy holiday release season and Steam’s Pre-Holiday and Holiday sales.”

North America contributed 41% to Steam’s 2013′s sales revenue and Europe contributed 40%; however, Russia and Brazil realized the largest year-over-year growth with sales in each region up by 128% and 75%, respectively.

Also revealed at the event, per tweets from Hot Blooded Game CFO Dave Oshry, was Valve’s goal of making “Greenlight go away,” and not because it isn’t working out to the benefit of all, it’s just Greenlight will eventually cease to exist due to its evolution.

“Our goal is to make Greenlight go away. Not because it’s not useful, but because we’re evolving,” said firm’s boss Gabe Newell during the event’s introduction.

The goal is to provide developers more control over Steam and how it is used to promote games.

Once the service evolves, the blocks between development and publishing on Steam will be removed, thus the need for it will disappear.

We’ll have more out of Dev Days as news hits. Videos of the Steam Dev Days main presentations will be made available as videos in the coming weeks.



  1. Delsin Row

    every week they announce how much they have users.stop this bullshit valve

    #1 11 months ago
  2. Ireland Michael

    @1 What? It’s good to know how the service is doing. Continued growth can only be a good thing.

    #2 11 months ago
  3. brunowenning

    great news actually

    #3 11 months ago
  4. Delsin Row

    2@ every week?really.every week?
    i dont see thats necessary
    once in a while or one time in a month would be good my friend.but every week…

    #4 11 months ago
  5. Ireland Michael

    I’m pretty sure it’s not every week.

    Even it it is… so what? It’s not exactly something to get in a tizzy over. It’s just news.

    #5 11 months ago
  6. MangoMantang

    “North America contributed 41% to Steam’s 2013′s sales revenue and Europe contributed 40%”

    40+2=40 according to this article.

    #6 11 months ago
  7. sebastien rivas

    Great. Ok Valve bring us self gratifiying numbers too often.

    Though here they hit a subject and news that deserves more expanation per se.

    Is only Greenlight going away or is Steam cloud game and retail changing too?

    I still don’t get it as to why Greenlight must go away?!?!?! I am perplexed and confused.
    Anyone know more or better????

    #7 11 months ago
  8. Ireland Michael

    @7 I think what they’re saying is that with the growth of indie development, it becomes easier to work with them. Greenlight is a system put in place for developers that don’t have publishers to sell their games, but it’s becoming more obvious every day that publisher aren’t really needed.

    I’m taking a stab in the dark here, but I think they might end up offering Steam OS as a development kit platform. Indie developers would be granted the freedom to publish on Steam, as long as they use specially provided Steam OS development machines as the base for developing their games.

    This would not only lead to a huge increase in Linux supported games, but make Steam OS much more popular in the long run as well. Most devs would probably support the idea, given the extra freedom.

    #8 11 months ago
  9. TheWulf

    I’m happy that they’re communicating with us — the breakdown of communication is what can cause bad blood before something even begins to (forgive the phrasing) ‘gain steam.’ See Origin, for example, and EA’s shenanigans and lack of communication.

    #9 11 months ago
  10. TheBlackHole

    @1 they announced it to what was meant to be a closed group of developers, fuckwit.

    It’s only because someone wants to be ‘ that guy’ that leaks info to the press that you know at all.

    #10 11 months ago
  11. Dragon

    What does “active user” mean according to Valve?

    #11 11 months ago
  12. Diingo

    I think someday Steam will evolve into much more than a games store.

    Imagine if Valve provided everyone with a very simplified gaming engine to allow most people to make their own games?

    Perhaps Valve is destined to stop being a game developer and letting their fans becoming the developer themselves!

    #12 11 months ago
  13. TheBlackHole


    Someone who has purchased a game or played on their account in the last 90 days.

    Pretty incredible really. It’s roughly 26,000 New users per day.

    #13 11 months ago

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