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Steam, a leading video game distribution service for PCs and Macs, has gained 30% new customers in the last twelve months, announced Valve Software, the owner. At present Steam has 65 million accounts, more than Xbox Live, which has 48 million users.
Steam now offers over 3000 games and software titles to over 65 million accounts, 2013 also marked Steam's 10 year anniversary of providing services to gamers. Expanding upon that history, Steam gamers saw the introduction of several new service features during the year, including Family Sharing, Steam Trading Cards, Early Access, and support for Linux titles.
Looking ahead to 2014, Valve looks to expand Steam's services and offerings to gamers and developers by holding the Steam Developer Days in Seattle, Washington, this January and rolling out the recently announced Steam Machines with a variety of hardware partners later in the year.
Valve first launched Steam in 2004 to distribute its own titles, such as Counter Strike and Half-Life. Eventually the company signed deals with other game developers and became a worldwide distributor of numerous titles.
"The main goal of Steam has always been to increase the quality of the user's experience by reducing the distance between content creators and their audience. As the platform grows, our job is to adapt to the changing needs of both the development and user communities. In the coming year, we plan to make perhaps our most significant collaborations with both communities through the Steam Dev Days and the Steam Machines beta," said Gabe Newell, co-founder and president of Valve.