When you think “65 million,” what naturally comes to mind first? The number of years ago the dinosaurs went extinct, correct? Now imagine every one of those years has a face, and you also have another impressive statistic to think about.
That is how many users Steam has reportedly recruited in its first ten years of existence. 65 million users have joined Steam since its launch a decade ago, and the number has significantly increased in the past year alone with an impressive 30% climb.
What could be the secret to Steam’s success? Well, over 3,000 games, daily/weekly/holiday/bi-annual sales, family sharing, achievements, trading cards, Early Access, cloud saves, and the convenience of having your entire game collection in a single menu must have something to do with it.
In the coming year, Steam Machines are looking to creep into living rooms across the country, and the new Linux-based SteamOS is also bound to be making lots of noise by this time of the year too.
And of course, there are always more and more rumors about Half Life 3, which is bound to appear on Steam before the decade closes out. It just has to!
“The main goal of Steam has always been to increase the quality of the user’s experience by reducing the distance between content creators and their audience,” said Valve co-founder and President Gabe Newell. “As the platform grows, our job is to adapt to the changing needs of both the development and user communities. In the coming year, we plan to make perhaps our most significant collaborations with both communities through the Steam Dev Days and the Steam Machines beta.”
Now if only I could get Japanese games while living in Japan, it would be perfect. Still need to request a gift or two during each major sale, and it has become plum annoying.
Where and when will the steam run out for Steam? The sky seems to be the limit at this point, and the rapidly growing user base seems to be catching on to the incredible convenience it delivers. Microsoft and Sony will have to be looking over their shoulders from here on out.