Steam's User Growth Up 178%, Users Still Fragging Happily

It’s been months now since Valve’s Steam cloud gaming client has been around for the Mac operating system, and we’ve noticed a generally happier disposition from the Mac gaming community–especially after they’ve managed to shoot our faces off in Frag the Editor Friday (never mind the fact that we’re having a tough time getting through a whole campaign in Left 4 Dead 2).  Valve has announced that Steam’s year-over-year user growth has gone up 178% from last year.

The company has also had a sales growth of over 200%. Currently, there are over 30 million accounts with a library of 1,200 games available for purchase. The company also adds that it’s increased its internal infrastructure to handle this kind of gamer traffic, with its servers currently running at 400Gps–enough to ship a digitized version of the Oxford English Dictionary 92.6 times per second.

The growing market share for Steam also means that both PC and Mac gamers can live in perfect harmony, what with the massive library of games offered for both platforms. Don’t forget to join our Steam group to kick our booties in Frag the Editor Fridays!

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