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Steam goes through a dry spell, with user counts declining 17 per cent since January

Steam goes through a dry spell, with user counts declining 17 per cent since January

Steam is quieter than usual this summer as active user counts dropped 17 per cent since January this year.

Steam goes through annual peaks and troughs, usually hitting its highest activity around January and bottoming out over the summer. This isn’t unusual for the platform.

But this year, Steam Spy creator Sergey Galyonkin claims that the decline is significantly larger than usual. Last year’s summer decline saw numbers drop 9 per cent, while this year saw a 17 per cent player plummet.

 

There are a few reasons why this may be. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds launched out of early access at the end of December, likely boosting steam user numbers over the following month. Galyonkin notes that while PUBG is still one of the most popular titles on the platform, its numbers have declined significantly.

Couple that with the fact that Fortnite, the biggest game in the world right now, uses a standalone Epic launcher, pulling more of the crowd off Steam. Indie developer Mike Bithell commented in time.

“The biggest hit right now is played via its own portal, right?”

 


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Natalie Clayton is an Edinburgh-based freelance writer and game developer. Besides PCGamesInsider and Pocketgamer.biz, she's written across the games media landscape and was named in the 2018 GamesIndustry.biz 100 Rising Star list.

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