500+ Steam Games Made $3 Million Revenue in 2023

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  • Over 500 games topped $3 million on Steam, doubling the number from 2018.
  • 14,530 new games were released, and the platform had 33 million concurrent users in 2023.
  • Nearly 25% of new releases in 2023 were from first-time Steam developers.

Twenty years ago, Steam began its journey to becoming the world’s largest PC gaming platform. Two decades of work have culminated in major highlights for this storefront in 2023.

According to Steam’s Annual Report 2023, a staggering 500 games released on Steam surpassed the $3 million mark in revenue, doubling the number from 2018.

Why it matters: These numbers show how much the platform has grown over the years despite competition from other PC storefronts.

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Steam Annual Report 2023

In addition to these 500 games, Steam saw a record-breaking 14,530 games released in 2023. This represents a significant increase from the previous year and highlights the platform’s continued growth.

The increase is because of a few things: more types of games to choose from, lots of indie games doing well, and Steam keeps coming up with new ideas for quality user experience.

Games like Baldur’s Gate 3 and Hogwarts Legacy, which reached nearly 1 million concurrent players last year, became part of these 500 games. However, the platform was full of surprises in 2023.

Valve highlighted how Steam has a bunch of different games doing well, all with different genres, made by developers from all over the world. The company pointed out that even new developers from various countries are finding success.

This mix shows how Steam encourages creativity and new ideas in gaming worldwide. Indie games are a big part of why Steam is doing so well. In 2023, almost a quarter of the new releases were from the studios that launched games on Steam for the first time.

These studios are often more daring and try out new things compared to AAA titles. Steam’s relatively open platform and supportive community have made it a haven for indie developers, and this is paying off in spades for both the developers and the gamers.

Moreover, Steam’s commitment to innovation and user experience has also been a key factor in its success. The platform recently underwent a major UI overhaul, constantly adding new features and improvements to make the experience better for everyone.

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Valve President Gabe Newell

Steam’s seasonal sales are another major draw for gamers, offering deep discounts on various titles.

Valve said they made a lot more cash, and many games hit money goals during these sales. The company talked about how physical gift cards are bringing in extra money for developers.

Moreover, Steam reached 33 million concurrent users in 2023, another sign of its massive reach and influence. Despite the platform terminating support for Windows 7 & 8, users are expected to grow further this year.

Overall, PC gaming is now better than ever, and Valve’s storefront is a major part of this success.

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