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Steam reaches user milestoneBy Hanleigh Daniels 19 October 2010 | Categories: news
Valve has announced that its Steam platform, which provides computer games and digital entertainment for the PC as well as Mac, has surpassed the 30 million active user mark.
The company has had a year-on-year new account growth rate of 178%, sales growth of over 200% and had more than 200 Steamworks games shipped since the service launched two years back. The total number of titles offered on the service is now over 1 200.
“Steam is on track to record the biggest year in its six year history,” said Gabe Newell, president of Valve.
“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.”
It’s not only the new user registration and sales that were up, as simultaneous player numbers were also up during peak time to over three million, with over six million unique gamers accessing Steam on a daily basis.
In order to meet the increased demand, Valve boosted the Steam infrastructure, which now has enough bandwidth to ship a digitised version of the Oxford English Dictionary 92.6 times per second.
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