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PC Masters unite! Steam rises to 65 million active users, eclipsing XBOX LIVE!

#1SolnotPosted 10/30/2013 3:58:00 PM

Steam now has more than 65 million active accounts. The figure marks a 30 percent rise in players over the last year. The video game digital-download platform also boasts daily peak concurrent users of more than 6 million.


By far Steam's most-played game is Dota 2, with more than 500,000 daily peak concurrent players. The free-to-play game 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 is now 10 years old. Valve used its 10th anniversary as a cue to sail into uncharted waters, announcing a new operating system, game controller, and range of gaming PCsin 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 - and Sony's PlayStation Network claims 110 million.


These networks are not direct analogs to Steam: where Valve's platform is built around the digital distribution of games themselves, Sony and Microsoft's still focus on providing an online ecosystem for games obtained through physical media. But these new figures do suggest that Steam doesn't have to worry about being eclipsed: its users on their own are numerous enough to make the service a worthy competitor. 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.
#2MangorushXIIIPosted 10/30/2013 3:58:36 PM
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#3KidInTheHallPosted 10/30/2013 4:02:20 PM
^ I wonder the same for Xbox Live, I have 3 XBL accounts and one Steam and 2 PSN.
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#4MrMonkhousePosted 10/30/2013 4:15:57 PM
#5DiehardFFv2Posted 10/30/2013 4:28:21 PM
There is a lot of terrible math going on around here.
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#6arrseeteePosted 10/30/2013 4:31:13 PM
The "active users" is the key term here. I'm guessing that because of that they are not (or should not be) counting all the idle/farming accounts from Dota2/TF2 and back from the 2011 coal mining days. So yeah 65million active is pretty great.
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#7BogePosted 10/30/2013 6:22:27 PM
How does Xbox Live have 48 million and PSN has 110 million? I would have expected less PSN users than Xbox Live.
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#8steveboblarryPosted 10/30/2013 6:23:37 PM
.......Origin Master race?
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#9DarkZV2BetaPosted 10/30/2013 6:32:20 PM
Boge posted...
How does Xbox Live have 48 million and PSN has 110 million? I would have expected less PSN users than Xbox Live.

Sony forces you to use PSN for a lot of things. Also, a lot of PSN users have multiple accounts to get around the region lock for the PSN store. You can probably cut 30% just for that.
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#10Xeeh_BitzPosted 10/30/2013 6:33:58 PM
I wouldn't really take concurrent users serious tho, I mean hell.. Steam starts up automatically when I boot up, so I'm always online when the PC is on. I'm fairly certain I'm not the only one
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