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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.

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."