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  • 1800 games now on Steam. Wonder how many of those I’ve played? At a total blind guess, around 400.
  • 40 million accounts registered. Doesn’t mean they’re all being used, of course. I know I’ve got about four myself, for instance.
  • Year-on-year sales increased by over 100%, for the seventh year running. Blimey!
  • Simultaneous users topped 5 million during December. Partly due to the holiday sale, Skyrim and MW3, I think.
  • Served over 780 petabytes of data; twice that of 2010. I don’t know how many megabytes a petabyte is, but I presume it’s a lot.
  • Chat Faliszek consumed over 900 live dogs during the development of Portal 2.
  • Over 14.5m Steamworks games were registered, 67% up from 2010. This one is probably the real biggie for Valve, as it means their community/cloud/achievement/DRMy stuff is increasingly becoming the PC gaming norm. Much as Steamworks tends to be useful, its move towards becoming the Xbox Live of PC gaming something I have mixed feelings about. Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!
  • Steamworks is now in over 400 games. See above.
  • Over 19m in-game items were traded (still only for Portal 2 and TF2, I think?)


Just WOW! :O

"Served over 780 petabytes of data"!!!

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thats just awesome. thumb.gif
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I think really unless your a company like EA who has the resources to create something like Origin, aside from Steam companies only alternative is going to be releasing games without DRM.
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I think really unless your a company like EA who has the resources to create something like Origin, aside from Steam companies only alternative is going to be releasing games without DRM.

Agreed to a certain extent, however games on steam if you're not playing multiplayer generally can be "hacked" to play their single player components. Not sure what Steam charges for distributing but perhaps if you're basically a single player title like Fable or Skyrim (mostly single player) and you're also a smaller company perhaps that charge goes into building DRM.
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Year-on-year sales increased by over 100%, for the seventh year running. Blimey!
That's incredible if you ask me - and some serious competition EA is facing.
 
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Year-on-year sales increased by over 100%, for the seventh year running. Blimey!
That's incredible if you ask me - and some serious competition EA is facing.

Pfft. EA is way too late in the game; their only way to get any proper revenue from Origin is to make games exclusive like they did for BF3 or drop prices like crazy. I wouldn't call this a matter of "competition", Steam has the leg up in every way.
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Chat Faliszek consumed over 900 live dogs during the development of Portal 2.

Wut?

Is this some sort of joke towards his weight? I'm confused, maybe I'm missing something?
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I hope EA goes bankrupt oneday and DICE moves to Valve.
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I hope EA goes bankrupt oneday and DICE moves to Valve.

Monopolies aren't cool dude.
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I hope EA goes bankrupt oneday and DICE moves to Valve.
Do Want. Origin SUCKS! PITA to use and SSSSSLLLOOOWWW
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