Steam grows by 205% in 2009 -- and now has over 25 million users
Build it and they will come!
Holy feces, folks, get this: people are paying for downloadable content.
Yes, stick this in your pipe and smoke it, Mr. MPAA/RIAA/ESA -- Valve's numero uno digital content distribution software, Steam, now has over 25 million active users. Those 25 million users managed a peak concurrency of 2.5 million games players, racking up more than 13 billion player minutes per month.
But of course, the proof is in the profits: there are now over 1,000 games available on Steam, distributed by over 100 developers and publishers -- big-boys and independents alike. All told, Steam sold 205% more units in 2009 than the previous year.
Gabe Newell, the president and uber fuhrer of Valve, was quick to add that Steam has grown immensely each and ever year of its existence. Steam's only been around for five years, but in that time there have been numerous improvements and additions to the range of products provided by Valve, resulting in a greater-than-100-percent increase in sales year-over-year since its creation.
Despite Steam's success, and I certainly wish it all the success in the world -- DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION WORKS DAMMIT -- I think we'd all like them to focus on getting Half Life 2: Episode 3 out of the door.
Any time now. This year. Please.