We spent a lot of 2020 playing video games, Steam data shows


Steam’s year in review for 2020 shows that 21.4% more games were purchased compared to 2019 and that playing time doubled in 2020. The coronavirus pandemic having forced people to stay at home for for most of the last year, more and more people have turned to video games, be it on their smartphones, consoles or PCs. Valve’s Year for Steam review shows exactly that, along with some interesting stats showing a significant increase in engagement on the platform.

The year 2020 in review for Steam shows that there were 120 million active players on the platform per month in the year. With these many gamers playing video games, the total number of hours invested increased by 50.7% compared to 2019. 21.4% more games were purchased in 2020 from Steam and there were 2.6 million first monthly purchases.

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Steam saw 62.6 million daily active players in 2020 across the world, with the highest number of concurrent players reaching 24.8 million.

There were the usual multiple seasonal sales held by Steam last year and the major ones – summer, fall and winter were “record-breaking in terms of revenue generated for developers and publishers,” according to the official blog. Compared to the 2019 winter sales, 2020 saw a 36% increase in the number of games that grossed over $ 100,000 (around Rs 73 lakh).

To provide visibility opportunities for games in the Steam catalog, the platform hosted Steam Game Festival: Spring Edition which saw 559,000 demo activations for a few dozen demos. Next, Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition saw 4 million customers sign up for over 900 demos. Finally, Steam Game Festival: Autumn Edition saw 5.1 million demo activations.

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Last year, Steam also launched the Steam Points program which rewards users for purchasing games and engaging with the community. So far, 99 million items including animated backgrounds, avatars, frames and more have been used by 15.5 million users.

Coming to SteamVR, the platform saw 71% more revenue and a 30% increase in playtime for VR games. There have been 104 million SteamVR sessions with 1.7 million users experiencing SteamVR for the first time.

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Valve recently released their “ Best Games of 2020 ” list on Steam and the 12 best-selling games of 2020 in the Platinum category include Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, Among Us, Cyberpunk 2077, Doom Eternal, Monster Hunter World and Red Dead Redemption 2, among others.

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