Steam Experiences “Extraordinary Growth” in 2009

Steam Grows By 205% In 2009, Now Has More Than 1,000 Games

January 29, 2010 – Valve Corporation’s Steam distribution service for the PC saw “extraordinary growth” in 2009. The service, which launched in 2004 to correspond with the release of Half-Life 2, has grown every year since it’s release, but 2009 was its best year ever.

According to a Valve press release, Steam surpassed 25 million active accounts which represents an increase of 25% from 2008. Valve also announced that at one point in December there were 2.5 million concurrent users which pushed “Steam’s average monthly player minutes to more than 13 billion.”

Steam is the most popular distribution service for the PC. It was the first service to recognize the potential to distribute games using the Internet, and has since grown remarkably. It now offers more than 1,000 games from more than 100 developers and publishers. Sales on Steam, according to Valve, increase in 2009 by more than 205%. That number represents the fifth straight year that Steam has improved by at least 100% over the previous year.

Valve President Gabe Newell announced that they plan to continue developing Steam to include new features and that they expect to continue growing. “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.”