Half Of Steam's 30,000 Games Were Released From 2017 Onwards
After almost a decade of developing video games, Valve began selling them in 2003, when Day of Defeat, Mafia, and updated versions of the original Half-Life and Counter Strike were the kind of titles up for grabs on its newly launched Steam service (and they're still on sale there, too).
Flash forward to 2019, the last few weeks in particular, and the hugely popular online store now boasts around 30,000 games - 29,892, to be precise, the last time we checked. And if you include DLC and other software that's on offer, that figure jumps up to over 50,000 products, as PC Gamer noted.
These numbers may seem insignificant, simply conveying how PC users are totally spoilt for choice. But the impressive rate at which PC gaming and Steam has grown in the last 16 years, especially since 2017, has been made evidently clear.
According to Steamspy, almost 9,300 games were released in 2018, and around 6,700 in 2017. That means over half - around 53% - of games available on Steam were released within the last two years.
To break it down further, courtesy of RPS, that's an average of 154 games being launched each week on Steam, over its 13-year lifespan.
But, obviously, there's no chance that so many new titles were coming to the online store back in 2003. So the average of 154 per week will have been achieved via a *significant* increase in Steam listings in recent years, which is pretty damn scary.
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You can only wonder how many games completely flew under the radar as a result of these mammoth numbers. Those nifty Steam sales make a lot more sense now, too. Gotta shift that weight.
But what about the future of Steam? Would it be rash to expect over 10,000 new games to release on the platform in 2019? If previous data is anything to go by, probably not.
That is, as long as Steam continues its online store dominance. The arrival of fierce competition, in the form of the the cheaper-for-developers Epic Games Store and upcoming Discord Store, may push Valve's 40,000 milestone off schedule.
What do you think about this news? Are you surprised at how many new games get added, each week? Will Steam continue to grow at this pace? Let us know.
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