The online gaming platform, Steam, was first released by the Valve Corporation in 2003. What started off as a small platform for Valve to provide updates to its games has turned into the largest computer gaming platform in the world. The platform initially released just seven games in 2004, but this number has progressively risen in the ensuing years, reaching a staggering 10,696 in 2021, up from 9,609 in 2020. In the first two months of 2022, 1,514 titles have been released on the platform so far.
Steam’s PC dominance
When you think of PC gaming, you automatically think of Steam. With such a wide range of games on offer from traditional online multiplayer shooters to farming simulators, there is something for every gaming taste on the platform. As a result, gamers flock to Steam in their millions, with the platform registering over 25.47 million peak concurrent users in May 2021. The global nature of the platform can be seen by the wide range of languages spoken by its users. Whilst English remains the dominant language, almost a third of Steam users in 2021 stated that their main language was either Chinese or Russian.
Steam’s biggest games
Counter Strike: Global Offensive was the most popular game on Steam during 2021. The first-person shooter averaged almost 605 thousand players per hour, more than 30 percent more users than its closest competitor, DOTA 2. The game also topped the 2021 list for peak number of concurrent players - CS:GO reached almost 1.2 million players in a single hour in its peak, with New World claiming second place.
Number of games released on Steam worldwide from 2004 to 2021
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Steam Spy. (February 25, 2022). Number of games released on Steam worldwide from 2004 to 2021 [Graph]. In Statista. Retrieved May 24, 2022, from https://www.statista.com/statistics/552623/number-games-released-steam/
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