It is sufficient to say that PC gaming might have turned out differently if it weren’t for a definite digital storefront dominating the market. That is where Valve’s digital game distribution service, Steam, chimed in and eventually evolved to be much more than just a gaming storefront for gamers.
It is a well-established fact that Valve’s gaming platform is the largest digital gaming storefront for the PC outlet. Steam shares most of the market shares in PC gaming and is a leading pioneer in many other aspects. However, the digital storefront has reached a new milestone considered improbable in the past.
- Valve’s digital storefront has broken all previous records to accumulate over 30 million active users on the platform at the same time.
- The figures used to average around 25 to 29 million during weekends, but Steam has crossed over 30 million for the first time.
- The active user count has stabilized around the 29 million mark and is not expected to grow any further today.
The Steam storefront has garnered over 30 million users using the platform simultaneously. The figures have been recorded by a Steam tracking site dubbed SteamDB. The site shows the digital gaming service hitting a new all-time peak hardly an hour ago. The all-time peak stands at exactly 30,0320,005 users currently using Steam.
The digital store usually sees a massive rise in numerals during the weekends because of players tuning in to enjoy games on their free days. All the bumps in the charts usually fall around the last 2-3 days of the week. Steam also came close to hitting the 30 million mark last Sunday, October 16th.
Steam has always attracted a large number of PC gamers as its player base, and it only appears to grow to new horizons. The pandemic also saw an enormous new influx of users joining the platform.
Steam still continues to loom over the gaming sphere by offering a variety of fantastic features. By 2021, the gaming platform boasted around 34,000 games with more than 132 million monthly active users, and the number of games and users has only risen this year.
Steam is prevalent for a variety of reasons, for delivering prominent features to aid gamers like digital rights management (DRM) services, anti-cheat measures, game server matchmaking, and game streaming services, social networking.
Steam also helps gamers manage their library by automatically updating games, saved game cloud synchronization, community features like messaging and in-game chat, and a community market. There is also a separate place where gamers can create mods for respective games.
However, Steam is also preferred by developers due to the aforementioned features and an API called Steamworks. Developers can utilize Steamworks to implement Steam’s components, such as in-game achievements, user-created content support, and microtransactions.
The success of Steam has also led to the development of projects like SteamOS and the relatively recent handheld Steam Deck, designed to run Steam games effortlessly. The future of Valve’s storefront is looking bright, with more users flowing to the platform and the development of new projects and features.
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