Steam has now clocked more than 65 million active accounts. The figure shows a 30 percent rise in players over the last year alone. The video game digital-download platform also boasts daily peak concurrent users of more than 6 million.
Steam’s most-played game is the free game, Dota 2, with more than 500,000 daily peak concurrent players. Dota 2 saw official release this year after a long beta period, and as the sequel to the hyper-popular Defense of the Ancients mod, was quickly exposed to an existing fan base: all of whom need a valid Steam account before playing the game.
Steam turns 10 years old this year.
Valve used its 10th anniversary as a cue to sail into uncharted waters, announcing a new operating system, game controller, and range of gaming PCs in the same year its two major console competitors are releasing new machines.
In contrast to Steam’s figures, Microsoft’s Xbox Live has 48 million accounts — around half of whom reportedly paid extra for a gold subscription to play online in 2010 — with Sony’s PlayStation Network claiming 110 million.
Combine those 65 million accounts with League of Legends’ 32 million active and World of Tanks’ 45 million registered, and PC gaming looks strong, even in the face of new console challenges.
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