Monday, 16 March 2015 05:53
While Valve and Steam are actually two separate entities, they do have the same parent company and sometimes we wonder what Valve is thinking when the try different products, games and technologies. The truth is that Valve is thinking about Steam. It's always all about Steam. Pushing their online store and community makes sense as whatever games they sell, they get a cut. The are trying to be Apple's App Store for gamers. So far, they are leading the charge.
Maybe you didn't know, but Valve generates a ton of revenue from Steam. It's not clear exactly how much, so here's some context for that assertion:
The most current numbers on Steam usage are from last week, with 125 million "active accounts" -- that's not total accounts, but accounts being used with some regularity.
The Steam library is around 4,500 games, depending on what you count (that number excludes game add-ons and non-game software -- thanks to Ars Technica's Kyle Orland and his Steam Gauge database for this number).
Valve gets approximately 30 percent of each sale made on Steam.
30% is the reason why they are all about Steam.