Valve has summed up the results of 2020 for the digital site Steam. The company said that with the onset of isolation, both playtime and the number of users purchasing and launching projects increased dramatically.
Over the past year, Steam has set a record:
- by the number of active users per month (120.4 million);
- by the number of active users per day (62.6 million);
- the maximum number of users simultaneously (24.8 million);
- by the number of new buyers per month (2.6 million);
- in-game time (31.3 billion hours);
- for purchased games (21.4% more compared to 2019).
Additionally, in 2020 Valve added the ability to subscribe to monthly services on Steam. The first of these was EA Play, which provides access to Electronic Arts’ product catalog.
Valve also shared that more and more gamers are choosing to use controllers instead of a mouse and keyboard. Of the entire Steam audience, more than 46.6 million users have played with gamepads (31.8 million in 2019).
“Last year, 1.68 billion game sessions used a controller, up 66.6% from 1.01 billion sessions in 2019. In 2020, 452 million of these sessions were spent in games with integrated input system Steam, which is 232 million more sessions than in the previous year “Valve added.
Finally, the company reported on support for the Linux operating system. In 2020, Valve released Proton 5, which brought support for many new games and DirectX 12, improved performance, and more. This is how Death Stranding, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Cyberpunk 2077 became available on Linux on or shortly thereafter.
Valve has provided a lot of detailed information on various aspects of Steam. You can familiarize yourself with it in full in the official blog of the store.
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