76% growth, in fact.
By Tim Colwill on September 19, 2013 at 12:19 pm
Valve’s head wizard Gabe Newell has revealed that Steam is continuing to grow, even in the face of constantly declining PC sales.
Newell attributes this to the uptake in people moving to PC gaming. “Despite the huge declines in PC sales, on the gaming side there’s growth,” said Newell during an address at Linuxcon.
“Steam is going up 76% year-on-year while PCs are going through double-digit declines. Several years ago we got very concerned about directions that the PC was going. We thought there was some bad thinking.”
“There were these new platforms that started to emerge, and they had this nice characteristic that [they] could control access to those platforms. If you didn’t like competing with Google, you just didn’t let them ship on your device, or you could determine how often they update. You could have control on things like pricing, and that was a very seductive opportunity which led to some poor decisions by the key players in the PC space.”
“I think they should have doubled-down on the openness of the platform, rather than going the other way.”
Newell is pushing openness very hard, revealing that we’ll hear a real announcement from the company about their Linux-powered gaming hardware next week.