There are now over 27,000 games on Steam

There are now over 27,000 games on Steam

Valve's Steam platform now boasts more than 27,000 games.

That's according to third-party data site SteamSpy, whose summary page says that there are a total of 27,397 titles on Steam.

We've seen other outlets reporting that there are over 30,000 games on the platform - and given the pace of new releases, it wouldn't be surprising to see that many projects on Valve's store - but we're not sure where they have got that figure from.

In addition, 60 per cent of titles on Steam launched within the last two years; SteamSpy reports that 9,329 titles were released in 2018, while 6,983 were rolled out in 2017. That's an increase of 33.6 per cent year-on-year.

This speaks to the issue raised by many developers, that Steam has become an inhospitable place for them due to the sheer number of project launching on the platform.

Other stats from SteamSpy show that the average score of games launched in 2018 was 1.18 per cent lower than that of 2017's games, while average playtime increased two seconds to 3:11.

The average number of copies owned, i.e games sold in 2018, saw a massive decrease, dropping from 397.8m in 2017 to 189m last year. Average copies down dipped from 80,000 to 50,000, while median copies owned halved to 2,000 in 2018.

The average price of a game in 2017 was $8.87; in 2018 that dropped $0.50 to $8.37. The median price stayed the same at $4.99.

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Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.