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Steam Sales More than Double in 2011 - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 09 January 2012 / 5,707 Views

Valve has announced that Steam sales have more than doubled in 2011, compared to 2010. Year on year sales have "increased by more than 100 per cent for the seventh straight year", said a statement issued by Valve. However no specific number was given.

This follows the announcement that there were more than five million users online at the same time during Christmas, or around an eighth of its user base. Steam now has 40 million users, along with more than 1,800 games available. Steamworks, the suite of publishing tools, has been integrated into more than 14.5 million registered games.

Gabe Newell, Valve president, said "Steam and Steamworks continues to evolve to keep up with customer and developer demands for new services and content. Support for in-game item trading prompted the exchange of over 19 million items. Support for free-to-play games, launched in June, has spurred the launch of 18 FTP titles on Steam, with more coming in 2012. Looking forward, we are preparing for the launch of the Big Picture UI mode, which will allow gamers to experience Steam on large displays and in more rooms of the house."


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17 Comments

Kai Master (on 09 January 2012)

Could we consider Steam a platform/console with an installed base of 40m and with 1,800 games on it ?


Kai Master (on 09 January 2012)

Is VGC knowing what Steam sales (and digital sales globally) represent compared to physical PC sales ?


Mr Puggsly (on 09 January 2012)

Not surprising, where else can you get so many Triple A games for a few bucks? Steam has no competition when it comes to deals.


Mordred11 (on 10 January 2012)

I blame it on Skyrim.


Tammi (on 10 January 2012)

hmmmm.... :/


Jexy (on 09 January 2012)

By far the best games for the cheapest prices. Even though I would still rather experience Mass Effect on a 50 inch plasma. But still, I enjoy my SWTOR :)


zarx (on 10 January 2012)

Yea hooking up a PC to a plasma would be a bad idea, but if you just hooked it up while gaming you should be fine.


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pezus (on 10 January 2012)

Do plasma TV's still have burn-in problems?


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Monteblanco (on 09 January 2012)

I helped them a little bit.:)


ali_manslayer (on 09 January 2012)

Digital could replace hard copies sometime in the future


StephenKing (on 09 January 2012)

It has already begun but it won't replace the hard copies totally just live longside them like now. The net is too BAD around the world to EVER kill the hard copies off. And as long as I live i will bye the hard copies on games, music, books, comics etc. :)


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Araknie (on 11 January 2012)

PS: Last year i discovered Steam than i left it. I want my games in hand forever.


Araknie (on 10 January 2012)

Valve says: thank you online pass.


Hephaestos (on 11 January 2012)

steam is PC... nothing to do with online passes.


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StephenKing (on 09 January 2012)

Hmm I do not play games on my pc so I haven't used this but it's good they get the credit they deserve. If they are smart they make sure Half Life 3 hits ALL the HD consoles at the same time. Then and only then will they get the sales they deserve on that game and the franchise. Far too much copy trouble on the pc to sell enough alone there. We will see Half Life 3 on the lists over the bestselling games during a year when that game comes out for ALL the HD consoles at the same time. Please WAKE UP Valve and give ALL gamers on ALL the different systems the service we need and by doing that WE can HELP you sell so MUCH more.


Elendil (on 10 January 2012)

Uh, Stephen, Half-Life 2 has sold 12 million copies, I think isn't that bad :)


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Hephaestos (on 11 January 2012)

so... you think mario should be sold on all consoles to boost sales? HL2 was the steam trojan horse... you had to activate it on steam, which wasn't even a store back then if I recall.
They did release Portal 2 and the L4D as multiplat though so we never know.
on a side note to your last comment, Vale did bring steam works to PS3, however bringing it to 360 or Wii is not in their hands but in MS and Nint's (ergo, it won't happen).


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