In context: Like many different digital leisure companies (equivalent to Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+), Steam exploded in reputation all through 2020. This was no nice shock given the lockdowns and stay-at-home orders imposed on the general public as a result of Covid-19 pandemic, however regardless, it was an thrilling 12 months for PC avid gamers.
With that mentioned, even Valve itself doubtless could not have predicted simply how explosive its progress would change into towards the latter half of the 12 months. In 2020, the massively-popular gaming platform reached the 120 million month-to-month energetic gamers milestone, which is a giant step ahead.
For reference, Steam’s comparable 2019 determine sat at 95 million month-to-month energetic customers, so 2020 introduced a rise of at the least 25 million gamers. On an equally-impressive word, Steam additionally managed to tug in 24.eight million peak concurrent gamers.
These gamers additionally purchased extra video games than ever earlier than — a 21.four p.c enhance over 2019 — they usually spent extra time in mentioned video games. To be extra particular, Steam noticed common playtimes enhance by 50.7 p.c throughout the board in comparison with 2019.
Once more, this is not a shock as a result of elevated free time many people had in 2020 (voluntarily or in any other case), however that hasn’t stopped Valve from bragging about it.
All of this info comes courtesy of Steam’s newest “Yr In Overview” weblog publish. The publish features a few different juicy tidbits, too — for instance, controller use skyrocketed in 2020, in keeping with Valve.
46.6 million customers determined to make use of a gamepad as their enter technique of alternative throughout the whole 12 months, versus 2019’s 31.eight million. VR income additionally noticed a pleasant enhance on Steam, growing 71 p.c year-over-year.
Half-Life: Alyx is liable for the majority of that enhance (39 p.c), however different VR sport gross sales additionally noticed nice success, boosting income by the remaining 32 p.c.
With all of this in thoughts, now comes the query: can Steam preserve all of this success in the long run? As PC lovers, we hope so, however solely time will inform.
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