Steam platform by Valve, due to given time, has almost entirely claimed the gaming market on the PC, but some manufacturers and distributors have decided to steal a few percent of their share from its competitor, so that we can now also observe the development of other platforms for sales and game services like Origin, for example. This does not mean, however, that Steam is struggling with any problems of a financial nature or dropping number of users – a service provided by Valve continues to grow and shows no signs of any intention to change this trend. Recently, the Steam Summer Sale 2014 has ended. If you don’t know yet, it’s one of the biggest market sales on the Internet, smaller than maybe Black Friday – 2 weeks of amazing deals is something people really love, turns out!
Some people probably expected more, but this year’s offer was not as bad. Well, everyone evaluates Valve promotions under its terms and the lack of AAA games this time could hurt some people’s opinion. There is no doubt that the holiday season will be one of the best periods for Steam and so indicate the latest statistics of popularity for the platform. Yesterday, at 19:00, the record of active users was broken – there were more than 8 million users online at once!
It is worth mentioning that the previous record that was broken during the winter sale was thus beaten by hundreds of thousands of players (over 7,000,000). Most played games are of course Dota 2 (over 775,000 players today), Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (over 160,000 players in the last day), and Team Fortress 2 (more than 78,000 players).
In my opinion, Steam is way better than Origin and will continue their lead on the market for the foreseeable future, and if the concurrency doesn’t come up with something initiative, they may remain a monopolist of a kind.