We don’t want to jump the gun here, but we think there just might be something to this whole “Steam” business after all
As of today,
more than 25 million Steam accounts
have been created – of which, 10 million are decked out with customizable profiles. The long and short of it: there are still plenty of hardcore PC gamers, so long as you know where to look.
Naturally, then, Steam’s overall sales were up 205 percent in 2009, which – while we have no concrete numbers – probably translates roughly to “heaps upon heaps of cash” for all involved.
“Steam turned five years old in March 2009,” said Valve’s Gabe Newell. “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.”
A toast to Steam! Without it, PC gaming might well have dried up altogether by now. Or – worse – we could all be using Games For Windows Live. Dun-dun-dun!