Steam Hits 15 Million Users

Valve have got all talkative and sent out word that their digital distribution games service now has 15 million users, with it boasting a year-over-year sales growth of 158% over the past holiday season. Valve state that several best-selling and critically-acclaimed titles such as Call of Duty 4, Bioshock, and The Orange Box that went on sale in the later stages of 2007 are the chief reason for this

PC gaming is thriving, and has evolved into an era of constant connectivity,” said Gabe Newell, president of Valve. “That connectivity gives us the ability to have a much better relationship with customers, not just for delivering our games, but across all aspects of our business – including the design, development, and support of our games. Features like Guest Passes, Free Weekends, Gifting, and the Steam Community have been very well received both by customers and the developers who are using Steam. We are accelerating our release of new functionality in the next year as well as finding new ways to work with our partners such as the release of Steamworks, which allows them to bring the many benefits of Steam to their packaged products.