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as several people have already mentioned, this is a sales figure, not profit. completely different things. the bottom line is what matters. the article does not say anything about their bottom line. you have to keep in mind the obvious... Steam does not get to sell the games for free, they need to pay game developers for every game they sell...

no doubt Steam is profitable, but they did not make 1 billion in profit.

<---master in accounting, MAcc USC and PHD in common sense
I'm pretty sure it's the other way around. I'm pretty sure publishers pay Valve to be on Steamworks/the Steam store, albeit cheaply
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See kiddies this is what happens when you have something ahead of it's time. Take notes. My first dealings with Steam was the day Half Life 2 came out. I hated it. Now I won't buy a game unless I can get it on Steam
    
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I'm pretty sure it's the other way around. I'm pretty sure publishers pay Valve to be on Steamworks/the Steam store, albeit cheaply
Lol, yeah right.

So I am a game developer and want to pay steam to deliver my content to consumers. I'm just going to give my games free to them and pay a fee.

For some reason I have completely missed the train of logic lol.

<-- also in accounting. Spicy how's it doing for you?
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10% of that revenue came from Black Ops alone:

http://gameinfowire.com/news.asp?nid=15556

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* Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision) - $98.2 Million USD
* Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision) - $39.4 Million USD
* Left 4 Dead 2 (Valve) - $36.0 Million USD
* Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (Electronic Arts) - $25.4 Million USD
* Sid Meier's Civilization V (2K Games) - $21.9 Million USD
* Portal (Valve) - $20.0 Million USD
* Fallout: New Vegas (Bethesda Softworks) - $17.0 Million USD
* Metro 2033 (THQ) - $13.4 Million USD
* Mafia II (2K Games) - $11.9 Million USD
* Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising (THQ) - $10.8 Million USD

Mirroring its console successes, the 'Call of Duty' franchise saw great sales on the platform, with 'Call of Duty: Black Ops' and 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2' taking 1st and 2nd place in terms of gross revenues, respectively. During just 2 months on the market, Black Ops sold an estimated 1.6 million copies for just under $100 million USD. Due to the popularity of the titles and expansion packs, Activision was the #1 publisher on Steam in 2010, selling an estimated $153 million USD of content during the year. Other first person shooters saw great success as well, as 7 of the top 10 games were primarily of the format.

Edited by Telimektar - 2/6/11 at 3:42pm
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^

That makes me sad.
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I actually love using steam ever since I discovered this program I don't purchase my games any more I just purchase them on steam and the few games I own I'll end up buying on steam

I dislike having to use the CD/DVD and dislike the DRM provided with the physical copy where as steam gets around that very nicely of course I have to watch out for the games on steam which have limited installs but other then that its a fantastic program i can enjoy PC gaming again its also very nice being able to have all your games in a single account and you can re download and install them as many times as you like or back them up without a problem where as the CD/DVD is encrypted

Only downside is you have to becareful to not get your account key logged or scammed from you in which case you have to rebuy your games if you can't get it back from steam support which they are usually very good at returning lost accounts
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90% of the games I have installed on steam I don't even play anymore because they are outdated and better stuff has come out. People should understand that Steam is good for games that your only going to be playing for a limited amount of time. For example, CoD: Black Ops. I wont be playing that game 15 years from now, I already stopped playing it. Do I feel my $60 was wasted on it? No, I enjoyed playing it while I did. I also enjoy the fact that I don't have to keep any discs around with me in case I may want to pick it up again.
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Steam is pretty great. One day, they'll be on Linux too!
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I remember using steam back in 2003! I was forced to use it because of Counter Strike 1.6 Beta lol
I used to hate the interface and the slowness, I never thought it would be so successful, and to expand beyond the valve games,
but digital content distribution is the way to go, and they did the right choice, at the right time, using the right software for their initial users base (forcing Counter Strike/Half life players to use it)
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