The 2020 “Steam Annual Review” shows that compared with 2019, the number of purchased games has increased by 21.4%, and the total game time has doubled in 2020. As the coronavirus pandemic forced people to stay at home most of the last year, more and more people are attracted to electronic games, whether on smartphones, consoles or PCs. Valve’s Valve annual review shows this, and some interesting statistics indicate that engagement on the platform has increased significantly.
“Steam 2020 Review” shows that there are 120 million monthly active players on the platform. Since there are so many players who specialize in playing video games, the total investment time has increased by 50.7% compared to 2019. By 2020, the number of games purchased from Steam has increased by 21.4%, with 2.6 million first purchases every month.
By 2020, Steam’s daily active players worldwide will reach 62.6 million, with the highest number of online players at the same time reaching 24.8 million.
According to the official blog post, Steam organized the usual multiple seasonal sales last year, and the main sales-summer, fall and winter “broke the revenue records created for developers and publishers.” Compared with the 2019 Winter Auction, the number of games with a total revenue of more than US$100,000 (about Rs 7.3 million) in 2020 has increased by 36%.
In order to provide an opportunity to view the games in the Steam catalog, the platform held the Steam Game Festival: Spring Edition, which provided 559,000 demo activations for dozens of demos. Then, in the Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition, 4 million users registered more than 900 demo versions. In the end, the Steam Game Festival: Autumn Edition activated 5.1 million demos.
Last year, Steam also launched the Steam Points program, which rewards users who purchase games and interact with the community. So far, 19.9 million users have used 99 million items including animated backgrounds, avatars, frames, etc.
After entering SteamVR, the platform’s revenue increased by 71%, and the playback time of VR games increased by 30%. There are 104 million SteamVR sessions, and 1.7 million users experience SteamVR for the first time.
Valve recently released the “Best Games of 2020” list on Steam. The platinum-level 12 best-selling games in 2020 include Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, About Us, Cyberpunk 2077, Doom Eternal, Monster Hunter World and Red Dead Redemption 2, etc.
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