Size is impressive. Don’t deny it. You’re impressed by the size of this hot dog and you’re daunted by the scale of this shoe. Gabe Newell understands this. So when he wants to startle people with the popularity of video games at the moment he tells them what happens when Valve update Dota 2.
“When we do a new update for something like Dota 2, nearest we can tell, we’re generating 2-3% of the worldwide and LAN-based IP traffic.”
Newell stated the numbers at LinuxCon earlier today while discussing how cheap it’s become for developers to serve their consumers. The cost of having someone play their game has fallen beneath the cost of their activities among the game’s community. If you’re posting screenshots and videos of Dota then you’re more of a cost than someone who plays the game.