We’ve already seen some minor willy-waving from Valve regarding the bumper 2011 they had with Steam, but now they’re full-on doing The Crab and asking you to admire their big, shiny guns. After ten years in this business I’m a bit bored of saying “only idiots think PC gaming is dead”, so I’ll let this do it for me.
Below: many statistics, and a lie.
- 1800 games now on Steam. Wonder how many of those I’ve played? At a total blind guess, around 400.
- 40 million accounts registered. Doesn’t mean they’re all being used, of course. I know I’ve got about four myself due to assorted login-forgetting and review code registering issues and LAN gaming sessions, for instance.
- Year-on-year sales increased by over 100%, for the seventh year running. Blimey!
- Simultaneous users topped 5 million during December. Partly due to the holiday sale, Skyrim and MW3, I think.
- Served over 780 petabytes of data; twice that of 2010. I don’t know how many megabytes a petabyte is, but I presume it’s a lot.
- Chat Faliszek consumed over 900 live dogs during the development of Portal 2.
- Over 14.5m Steamworks games were registered, 67% up from 2010. This one is probably the real biggie for Valve, as it means their community/cloud/achievement/DRMy stuff is increasingly becoming the PC gaming norm. Much as Steamworks tends to be useful, its move towards becoming the Xbox Live of PC gaming is something I have mixed feelings about. Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!
- Steamworks is now in over 400 games. See above.
- Over 19m in-game items were traded (still only for Portal 2 and TF2, I think?)
Also, Big Picture UI mode – aimed at using Steam on your large TV – is apparently on the close horizon. I’m looking forward to that one, and if it’s good enough I might build a second PC specifically dedicated to TV gaming that boots directly into Steam. BECAUSE I’M A MASSIVE NERD.
(I’d quite like it if they sorted out the technical problems that the last Steam update seems to have introduced first, however. It’s been a flaky old thing for the last few days).