SteamSpy reports more than 7,600 games were released on Steam in 2017

SteamSpy reports more than 7,600 games were released on Steam in 2017

Data from third-party data site SteamSpy indicates that 21 games we released per day on average on Steam last year.

That's according to the firm's Twitter account (below), which reports that 7,672 games were released in total in 2017, while a summary page on SteamSpy claims that figure is in fact 7,645.

Either way, that's roughly a 46.3 per cent increase on the 5,245 titles that hit the digital storefront in 2017. The number of releases has more than doubled since 2015's roughly 3,000 new releases.

This is no doubt driven by the changes Steam made to its on-boarding process this year. The firm ditched Greenlight, which itself caused an increase in new releases, but was curated in part by the community. This was replaced by Steam Direct in June, with roughly 200 new games hitting the digital storefront each and every week.

By November, more games had launched on Steam than had been released on the platform between 2005 and 2015 - an insane statistic.  

A forthcoming piece of analysis is coming from site owner Sergey Galyonkin, but the research outfit has already published a summary piece on its website. It claims that in total 283,300,000 games were sold in 2017, with the average selling price being just $9.48.

Players, on average, spent just 5:45 playing a game, too.

Steam itself has released a chart, of sorts, to indicate what the best-performing games last year were. This is broken down by revenue, and instead of putting them in any kind of normal order, the digital storefront reported the titles in tiers. 

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