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Steam active userbase doubles in two years to 100 million

Steam concurrent users. Lots of them.

It’s hard to imagine that somebody could collect 100 million anything and not win the grudging respect of enthusiasts everywhere.

Through persistence and patience, Steam has collated 100 million players – slowly at first, and then in a cascading rush – and gently pressed them into its charcoal book of PC games.

You might have the impression that Steam had won over the vast majority of PC gamers by the close of the last decade, and has since been mopping up stragglers and anti-DRM idealists.

But that’s not quite how it’s been: a quarter of Steam’s current active userbase joined this year.

In October 2013 the total was just 65 million Steam users, and in November 2012 it was 50 million Steam users. So Valve have doubled their audience in under two years.

Steam have continued to break their own records for concurrent users in kind. The service hosted seven million Steam players at once in December – only to break eight million in June.

In the past nine months, more than 1,300 games have been added to Steam – bringing it to a total of over 3,700.

“We have made great efforts to increase the number of titles we can publish on Steam, which means more choices for customers,” said Valve’s Alden Kroll.

Have you introduced anybody new to the great, grey haus of PC games in the past year?