Valve disclosed their Steam sales in 2011 more than doubled the mark set in 2010, marking seven consecutive years of 100 percent growth. Can we stop with the cute “PC gaming is dying”, and let the numbers speak for themselves? Steam sales are no where near slowing down based on this new information, and the number of simultaneous users surpassing the five million mark. PC gaming is thriving.
You can bet the Steam servers are busier than ever after hitting the 5 million player mark. If you’re one of the millions using Steam, you shouldn’t have to ask why 5 million gamers logged in recently. The money-devouring Holiday Steam Sales was the culprit. In 2011 more than 14.5 million copies of Steamworks games, including Skyrim, Modern Warfare 3 and Deus Ex: Human Revolution were registered, a 67% increase over last year . In-game item trading has also been doing well, breaking the 19 million mark. All of this resulted in 780 Petabytes of data delivered to over 40 million accounts.
Valve’s headman, Gabe Newall, had one amazing year in 2011 and is looking forward to dominating again in 2012. Support for Free to Play (FTP) games, launched in June 2011, with 18 FTP titles hitting Steam. Newall stated we can look forward to even more titles in 2012. Steam is also looking to take over your living room this year, launching the Big Picture UI mode, allowing gamers to experience Steam on larger displays.