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Steam passes 30 million active accounts

Sales up for sixth consecutive year, says Valve. New user growth at 178% in past 12 months

Valve has revealed that Steam has now passed 30 million active users for Mac and PC, with the service offering more than 1200 games.

Over the past 12 months the service registered new user growth of 178 per cent, with peak simultaneous player numbers up to over three million, and six million unique gamers accessing Steam on a daily basis.

"Steam is on track to record the biggest year in its six year history," offered Gabe Newell, president of Valve.

"The year has marked major development advances to the platform with the introduction of support for Mac titles, the Steam Wallet and in-game item buying support, and more. We believe the growth in accounts, sales, and player numbers is completely tied to this work and we plan to continue to develop the platform to offer more marketing, sales, and design tools for developers and publishers of games and digital entertainment."

Sales were up over 200 per cent in the past 12 months, said Valve, highlighting six years of growth at over 100 per cent in terms of unit sales.

The Steamworks SDK has shipped in over 200 titles since release two years ago and the Steam Cloud has now surpassed 100 million files saved.

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