Steam has hit a new threshold in terms of active users, peaking at over five million over the holiday period. That’s not gamers in total either, that’s concurrent, playing at the same time. Five million.
As PC Gamer points out, that’s quite impressive considering EA now has its origin service – which must be used in order to play Battlefield 3 – which though not a direct competitor, meant that people were warming to the idea of using services other than Steam. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing either. If anything, it’ll mean competition – if only a little – for the dominant Valve digital download platform, which should bring about increased innovation.
For me, my most recent Steam play time has come in two forms. 1: Humble Bundle games, which sucked up a lot of my time over the Christmas period, and 2: Skyrim. The latter was a little less fun though as every 30 seconds to 20 minutes, I’d get a nice fat black screen. I’ve got things tweaked so it lasts about 30 minutes per play session now, but hitting quicksave every couple minutes has become by saving (eurgh) grace.