10 years after Steam's official launch it now has over 65 million accounts

In September 2003, Valve announced that the first public version of its Steam game download client had launched, after a number of months in beta testing. The client was originally made to download Valve's Counter-Strike 1.6 game but expanded to include the launch of Half-Life 2 and Counter-Strike: Source in 2004.

Today, just over 10 years after the launch of the first public version of Steam, Valve has announced, via an email press release, that the service now has over 3,000 games in its library and over 65 million accounts, which Valve says is 30 percent higher than a year ago. Microsoft's own Xbox Live service has 48 million members, according to the Xbox website. In between 2003 and today, Valve has expanded Steam's reach to include games from nearly every major PC game publisher and well as a ton of independent game titles and has been credited as one of the reasons behind the current success of the PC platform for publishing new game

Valve has added Mac and Linux games in addition to Windows to Steam in the past few years, and in the past 12 months it has added a number of new features such as Family Sharing, Steam Trading Cards and Early Access, which gives gamers a way to pay for titles that are still early in their development.

In recent weeks, Valve has announced its plans to extend its Steam service into the living room with Steam Machines, which will be PCs that will use the Linux-based SteamOS. Valve has also developed its own Steam Controller for the Steam Machines and plan to sent out beta versions of both to 300 testers later this year. Valve also plans to release SteamOS for developers soon, with the full Steam Machines launch planned for 2014.

Source: Valve email press release | Image via Valve

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I've been a customer from day one. Over 50 titles and counting. HL was my first game I ever purchased on Steam. Not many titles for 10 years. But at the begining not all titles were on Steam.

I was forced to use Steam when I bought HL2. Then after finishing the game I forget about it until the each episode of the game, but recentrly with the summer sales, weekend sales and all the Humble Bundle sales, I have to say it: I been login in few times a week to check their deals. My most recent purchase was Bioshock: Infinite on the summer sale. Even I have installed Linux Mint to try their linux client.

How about releasing SteamOS along with Half-Life 3 or at least Half-Life 2 ep. 3?

Edited by mjedi7, Oct 31 2013, 6:03am :

Steam is what got me back into PC gaming. Before that it was a major pain dealing with all the different DRM schemes. I do wonder how many accounts are actually active. Over 10 years there has to be a significant number of abandoned accounts.

Seems only yesterday I was staying up all night on launch day furiously refreshing the page, even with all that I only managed to get Steam Id 0:0:3903

Does this include inactive accounts though? Ones that haven't been used for some time?

I've had 3 steam accounts over the years and have abandoned them all as I gave up on steam.

Only buy disc based no online activation or connection required games now...

Steam is great if you've got a fast enough connection. It's an absolute nightmare when you buy a game on disc, and then have to wait hours for the 'updates' before you can even play it.

Walrush said,
Steam is great if you've got a fast enough connection. It's an absolute nightmare when you buy a game on disc, and then have to wait hours for the 'updates' before you can even play it.

Oh wow..its all coming back to me now. Now I remember why I hated Steam when I first purchased Half-Life 2. I was only on a 56k modem connection and Steam rams updates down your throat.

At the same time, you can place Steam in "Offline" mode and only mess with reconnection I think once a month to "re-authenticate" your machine.

so 10 years ago today i was desperately trying to activate half-life 2 on a dial up connection.... ah the memories

I love Steam, i try to buy everything i play through it, i only just moved over to gaming on a PC.. it really encourages buying games and supporting developers so you can be involved in the community and the deals are amazing.

People (like me) buy games because it's on sale for a couple bucks and why the hell not? lol. It's where my fast food garbage money goes to now hahah.

Cyborg_X said,
OK but I still have zero interest in a Steam box.

Like I said in another thread, game developers always cater to the highest common denominator. If a good portion of tech savvy people buy or build their own steam box, I can very easily see this taking off.

Lingwo said,
30 percent higher a year ago?
Remove the 0
Half-Life 3 Confirmed!

30 / 10 = 3.
Half life 3 in 10 years time confirmed.

LaP said,
Well all gamers visiting http://www.giantbomb.com (Giant Bomb) on a regular basis are flagged as potential terrorist and are under heavy surveillance anyway so it doesn't really matter.

NSA servers must be monitoring counter strike audio like crazy with all the 'terrorist win!' all the time.... and all them guns! GUNS!

Crimson Rain said,
Really cool however, I bet at least one third of that are just dupes/leftover accounts.

Numbers always include some leftover/dupes, take for instance Xbox 360 sales due to RROD or League of Legends accounts due to very strict community rules.

Crimson Rain said,
Really cool however, I bet at least one third of that are just dupes/leftover accounts.

Maybe, but right now, there are 6,049,429 people actively playing games via their steam accounts, that's not just logged in or simply owning an account.

Going by my steam account, that's about right with about 1/10 of them playing a game at the moment, the rest are online but not playing or offline.

sagum said,

Maybe, but right now, there are 6,049,429 people actively playing games via their steam accounts, that's not just logged in or simply owning an account.

Going by my steam account, that's about right with about 1/10 of them playing a game at the moment, the rest are online but not playing or offline.


That's LOGGED IN (6M).

Total playing is 1M.

Crimson Rain said,

That's LOGGED IN (6M).

Total playing is 1M.

You will hardly ever reach even 33% of the total number of accounts online at the same time. Time zones, people being 8-9 hours at work/studying, etc.
Look at your friends list, even when they are on the same timezone as you, probably more than half of them are offline right now.

That not everyone is in the same time you are, infact we are about nearly a day ahead of you and during day, it is night for you. Not everyone is online at the same time. While I am at home after a day of work go on to my PC and play games, you would be in bed waking up in the morning or at work.

ozgeek said,
That not everyone is in the same time you are, infact we are about nearly a day ahead of you and during day, it is night for you. Not everyone is online at the same time. While I am at home after a day of work go on to my PC and play games, you would be in bed waking up in the morning or at work.

That's common knowledge. I'm trying to understand what point are you guys making by it.

Someone said: "right now, there are 6,049,429 people actively playing games"

I corrected him by saying 6M logged in and 1M actively playing (right now).

Crimson Rain said,

That's common knowledge. I'm trying to understand what point are you guys making by it.

Someone said: "right now, there are 6,049,429 people actively playing games"

I corrected him by saying 6M logged in and 1M actively playing (right now).

That was me, and yes you're right it's 6M logged, only 1M actively playing.

Thanks for the correction

Crimson Rain said,

That's common knowledge. I'm trying to understand what point are you guys making by it.

Someone said: "right now, there are 6,049,429 people actively playing games"

I corrected him by saying 6M logged in and 1M actively playing (right now).


I was aiming to expand that no matter if 6M was just the logged-in accounts and not in-game it was still an expected number due to the reasons I gave. Comment wasn't directed at refuting what you said, just took your quote as a starting point.

Is it an old screenshot or Spelunky is on sale right now ? If it's on sale right now how much is it (i'm at work and can't check) ?