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New games on Steam in 2016 rose 40% over last year

Over 4200 games hit the store in 2016, Steam Spy says, equivalent to 38% of its lifetime total

The number of games on Steam continues to rise at a daunting rate. According to new data from Steam Spy, the number of full games released on the store this year rose 40% over 2015.

Steam Spy founder Sergey Galyonkin published a chart on Twitter that indicated a total of 4207 games launched on Steam in 2016, up from 2964 last year. If accurate, that means 38% of all games on Steam were released within the last 12 months - a sobering thought for any developer trading on Valve's market leading platform.

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Of course, the notion that Steam is crowded with product is hardly new, but Steam Spy's chart - republished above - clearly illustrates the pace at which the trend is playing out.

The only small consolation is that the 40% rise over last year is actually lower than the 67% increase in new games between 2014 and 2015. Galyonkin noted that the chart doesn't include movies and non-game software, but it also filters out relevant content like DLC packs and "games without owner data."

Valve is certainly cognisant of the issues that Steam's teeming inventory has created for both developers and consumers. It has responded with two "Discovery Updates" that gave more control over the experience to both groups, the first in 2014 and the second little more than a month ago.

Following the second Discovery Update, GamesIndustry.biz talked to developers about the "huge impact" of the changes. You can read the full report here.

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Latest comments (2)

Aleksi Ranta Category Management Project Manager 11 months ago
The quality has not gone up at the same rate which is more worrying. Steam is filled mostly with total garbage, games that are borderline scams and quick cash grabs. A statistical look into the quality of steam content would be nice....
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Anthony Gowland Consulting F2P Game Designer, Ant Workshop11 months ago
But if you look at the numbers, there were 6974 games on Steam by the end of 2015, with 2964 released that year. This year's 38% is down on 2015's 43% and 2014's 44%. In 2007 57% of games on steam at the time were released that year - what a terrible year that must have been to release a game on the platform.

"38% of all games on Steam were released this year" sounds eye-watering though, so hey.
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