Valve today announced that its digital distribution powerhouse Steam has surpassed 30 million active accounts, aided by a 178 percent user growth over the past year. If I had to guess, this also means Valve has received over 30 million requests for more information about Half-Life 2: Episode 3.
The past year also saw Steam sales rise over 200 percent, which most assuredly means this will be the sixth straight year the service generated over 100 percent year-over-year unit sales growth.
"Steam is on track to record the biggest year in its six year history," Valve president Gabe Newell said in statement to the press. "The year has marked major development advances to the platform with the introduction of support for Mac titles, the Steam Wallet and in-game item buying support, and more. We believe the growth in accounts, sales, and player numbers is completely tied to this work and we plan to continue to develop the platform to offer more marketing, sales, and design tools for developers and publishers of games and digital entertainment"
Valve has also seen continued growth in the inclusion of its Steamworks publishing suite with over 200 titles having shipped with it over the past two years. And just in case you were wondering how many times Steam could ship the Oxford Dictionary digitally, the answer is 92.6 times per second; it’s a bandwidth strength thing.