Steam turned 10 years old in September. The service has come a long way since its humble beginning, and its audience is apparently growing at a rapid pace. Over the past 12 months, the number of active users has increased by 30%. So says an official Valve press release, which also reveals that Steam has surpassed 65 million accounts. It's unclear whether that total refers to active accounts, though. Here's the relevant snippet pulled from Engadget's coverage:
Valve today announced 30% growth in active accounts during the trailing 12 months on Steam, a leading platform for PC, Mac, and Linux software.
Now offering over 3,000 games and software titles to over 65 million accounts, 2013 also marked Steam's 10 year anniversary of providing services to gamers.
In June, EA said it had 50 million users, although almost half of those apparently came from mobile platforms. Next Power Up points out that Xbox Live has 48 million users, and that Sony's PSN Network tops them all with 110 million. Valve isn't the biggest player, but it's clearly right up there.
Apart from reminding us about Valve's Steam Machine beta and an upcoming developer developer event planned for January, the press release has little else to say. I'm sure someone will find a hidden message about Half-Life 3, though.