Steam conference reveals 15% jump in active accounts to 75 million

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By on January 17, 2014 at 6:20 am

Steam’s two day developer conference in Seattle – the home of all the gargantuan developer’s crazy shenanigans – is already starting to provide a good deal of headlines. In the opening presentation, Valve has revealed that the number of active Steam accounts since October 2013 has soared from 65 million to 75 million. The increase has been put down to the success of the regular Steam holiday and pre-holiday sales.

Interestingly, the geographical performance of Steam sales was also outlined. Europe and North America remain the biggest revenue makers for the digital distribution client, but the company showed that the largest year on year growth for individual countries was realised in Brazil (75% year on year) and Russia (128%) last year. Oceania, according to this image from Rock Paper Shotgun, accounts for 5% of sales worldwide.

Gabe’s quest to conquer all, it seems, is moving ahead just fine.

Source: Thanks, Blue’s News!

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“The increase has been put down to the success of the regular Steam holiday and pre-holiday sales.”

Nonsense, well mostly… Steam is obligatory, not voluntary.
The only reason I ever signed up to Steam is I was FORCED to in order to play games I bought on retail disk.
Since that time (HL2) I have bought a couple of games from a Steam sale
(ones that didn’t require too many hours to download), but being old fashion I still prefer installing from disk, and Steam would go unnoticed
if it were possible.

 
ThomAsHollJosh

I love Steam, having originally been forced to install it as well (FM 2009).

 

I was forced to join too because of a game.

But walk into your electronics store. There’s is none or hardly any PC games in there. 5 years ago there were. PC games aren’t getting sold physically. You can buy physical copies online. But buying online steam is cheaper.

I wonder how origin is doing. Because the beginning of last year origin had 40 million while steam hadn’t actually reached 50 million yet. So the gap was less than 10 million. Origin also went from 20 million to 40 million in Just over TWO months so its growth rate was huge. And this was way after BF3. Right in between BF3 and BF4 actually. Though since they hit 40 million they haven’t announced numbers in a whole year.

 

You can also use origin to login to “Simpsons Tapped out” on your mobile I think alot of their numbers are mobile phone game users.

 

lemonater47,

Yes the retail outlets have been reducing the PC section dramatically for a while now, but that is largely due to Steam and having to register the game with them and then patch the game via Steam.
Oz gameshop is still a good source of reasonably priced hard copies on occasion as well.
But it is true that when they have a sale on, Steam does have the best prices.Well, except for when Amazon out does them, even if it is a key to download from Steam.
The gaming industry works in mysterious ways….

Steam (and the publisher platforms such as Origin an U-play) is the future, but it remains that Steams huge membership is more a result of their DRM ‘partnership’ with developers/publishers, than their holiday sales… I reckon.

As the last sentence in the article says – Gabe’s out to conquer.
He may come on all Mr. good guy, but he is every bit as avaricious as Gates and Job were.
.
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dinwiddie:
“The increase has been put down to the success of the regular Steam holiday and pre-holiday sales.”

Nonsense, well mostly… Steam is obligatory, not voluntary.
The only reason I ever signed up to Steam is I was FORCED to in order to play games I bought on retail disk.

While my initial reaction was to roll my eyes at the sight of another Steam-bashing whiner, I think you’re actually quite right. Here’s a sample of 2013 games that required Steam for authentication –

Rome Total War 2
ARMA 3
Company of Heroes 2
X Rebirth
Aliens: Colonial Marines
Call of Duty: Ghosts
Batman: Arkham Origins
Bioshock Infinate

I would imagine that that list there would be responsible for a decent chunk of their new users.

 
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