In a fairly unsurprising announcement, Valve has given more evidence that their online distribution service is coming ever-closer to self-awareness. Steam apparently saw a 25 percent increase in accounts in 2009, bringing the total to over 25 million, which is impressive no matter how you slice it.
December was also a busy month as the record for concurrent users was broken with 2.5 million gamers simultaneously shooting, stabbing, platforming, running, puzzling, or any other possible action we do so very much in one of the over 1,000 games now available on Steam. If I had to take a guess, however, I would bet that number was in no small part due to Modern Warfare 2.
Valve’s Gabe Newell had this to say:
“Steam turned five years old in March 2009. With the introduction of each new platform feature released over the years, such as the Steam Community, Steam Cloud, and Steamworks, we’ve seen corresponding growth in account numbers, concurrent player numbers, and developer support for the platform. As such, we plan to continue to expand and grow the platform to better serve the developers supporting the open platform and millions of gamers logging in each day.”
It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Steam. With awesome deals that will literally blow your mind, how could any PC gamer not be? I know there is criticism floating around out there about how Steam dominates the market, and with companies like Infinity Ward requiring it to use the multiplayer in huge releases like Modern Warfare 2, I think some is justified. But I also truly believe no company does more for PC gaming than Valve.
And you can take that to the bank.
What about you guys? Like Steam? Hate it? Console gamer and don’t care about it?