Steam has reached a massive milestone that further accentuates its impressive rate of growth and reach in the digital distribution sector.
The popular storefront of Valve now boasts more than 1 billion unique user accounts, a discovery that was made this week through a third-party account-tracking platform. The lucky account that became the illustrious figure is “amusedsilentdragonfly” and was created on April 28, 2019.
Steam now represents almost a seventh of the population, meaning that there’s a Steam account for every seventh person in the world. Do note that the number doesn’t represent active accounts since a large portion has been banned by Valve Anti-Cheat or has been abandoned over the years. It’s still a remarkable feat that brings attention to a strong and thriving gaming community on PC.
During the Melbourne Games Week last October, Valve officially announced that Steam had more than 90 million monthly active users, up from 67 million a little over a year earlier. The company has not updated its figures since then, which has probably seen another increment based on its yearly growth patterns. What’s also amazing is that Steam has been competing with PlayStation Network for the past six months since Sony announced its online service to have also reached 90 million monthly active users in January 2019.
The figures shed new light on the current conflict between Steam and Epic Games Store. The latter has been buying exclusivity for major (as well as minor) titles for the past few months. Epic Games has made it clear that Valve needs to lessen its own share of sales in the benefit of publishers. While Valve has not responded, Epic Games continues to seek and buy new games away from Steam at least until Valve kneels.