There are one billion accounts on Steam now

There are one billion accounts on Steam now

Valve's Steam platform now boasts over one billion accounts.

That's according to PCGamesN, which reports that the storefront's billionth user was the fantastically-named account amusedsilentdragonfly.

This isn't to say that Steam has one billion users. As pointed out by the aforementioned outlet, many of these billion users will be alt accounts, bots and so on.

At the start of 2019, Valve reported that Steam had 90m monthly active users and 47m daily active users. Peak concurrent users clocks in at 18.5m. Oh, and while we're throwing stats about the platform out there, there are close to 30,000 games on Steam, too. 

Valve's user growth is likely driven by China, where Steam is available in something of a legal grey area.

An official version of Valve's platform for the region is on its way thanks to a partnership with local publisher Perfect World. Games like Playerunknown's Battlegrounds have been very popular with Chinese players, and we've seen many new games breaking into the Steam Top Ten that are only available in Chinese.

Valve is going to be at the forthcoming PC Connects Seattle 2019. More info here and tickets can be purchased right here

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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.