Ars Technica Estimates Steam Sales and Hours Played

Subject: Editorial, General Tech | April 16, 2014 - 01:56 AM |
Tagged: valve, steam

Valve does not release sales or hours played figures for any game on Steam and it is rare to find a publisher who will volunteer that information. That said, Steam user profiles list that information on a per-account basis. If someone, say Ars Technica, had access to sufficient server capacity, say an Amazon Web Services instance, and a reasonable understanding of statistics, then they could estimate.

Oh look, Ars Technica estimated by extrapolating from over 250,000 random accounts.

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If interested, I would definitely look through the original editorial for all of its many findings. Here, if you let me (and you can't stop me even if you don't), I would like to add my own analysis on a specific topic. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on the PC, according to VGChartz, sold 3.42 million copies on at retail, worldwide. The thing is, Steamworks was required for every copy sold at retail or online. According to Ars Technica's estimates, 5.94 million copies were registered with Steam.

5.94 minus 3.42 is 2.52 million copies sold digitally. Almost a third of PC sales were made through Steam and other digital distribution platforms. Also, this means that the PC was the game's second-best selling platform, ahead of the PS3 (5.43m) and behind the Xbox 360 (7.92m), minus any digital sales on those platforms if they exist, of course. Despite its engine being programmed in DirectX 9, it is still a fairly high-end game. That is a fairly healthy install base for decent gaming PCs.

Did you discover anything else on your own? Be sure to discuss it in our comments!

Source: Ars Technica

Steam Family Sharing Is Now Available For All Users

Subject: General Tech | February 28, 2014 - 06:36 PM |
Tagged: steam, valve

Today, Valve announced that its Steam Family Sharing program is available for all users. This initiative allows Steam accounts to authorize devices to access their library on other accounts. The intention is for each family member to have their own account while being able to borrow games from one another. This can also extend to "their guests". It does not include titles which use third-party DRM, accounts, or subscriptions - Valve obviously does not have direct control over them.

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There are other rules and restrictions, of course, but the account and device limits are quite high: 5 accounts across 10 devices. This does not get around region locks and a game which is VAC-banned cannot be shared. Ultimately, be careful sharing your games with your kids if they are jerks.

To setup Family Library Sharing in the Steam Client, go to View > Settings > Family and start to authorize and manage other computers. Just do not allow Cheating Charlie. For more information, check out Valve's promotional site and FAQ.

Source: Valve

Steam Holiday Sale on Amazon - Final Day!

Subject: General Tech | January 2, 2014 - 02:02 PM |
Tagged: amazon, steam, steam sale

In case you hadn't heard yet, Steam is holding their annual Holiday Sale on PC games.  What you probably didn't know though is that Amazon has committed to matching prices with the Steam sale!  Now, the Amazon sales will just give you Steam keys that you can use in Steam, so what's the point?   Well it makes it easier to combine with other purchases you may be making for the holidays and it also happens to support PC Perspective at the same.

What's not to love!?

Here are some of the best sales we found on the Steam Holiday Sale through Amazon on the FINAL DAY!  

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You can see the previous days' deals as well:

Steam Holiday Sale on Amazon - Day 12

Subject: General Tech | December 31, 2013 - 05:02 PM |
Tagged: amazon, steam, steam sale

In case you hadn't heard yet, Steam is holding their annual Holiday Sale on PC games.  What you probably didn't know though is that Amazon has committed to matching prices with the Steam sale!  Now, the Amazon sales will just give you Steam keys that you can use in Steam, so what's the point?   Well it makes it easier to combine with other purchases you may be making for the holidays and it also happens to support PC Perspective at the same.

What's not to love!?

Here are some of the best sales we found on the Steam Holiday Sale through Amazon on Day 12!  Keep in mind that deals will change frequently so buy them quickly if you find one you want!

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You can see the previous days' deals as well:

Steam Holiday Sale on Amazon - Day 11

Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2013 - 09:51 PM |
Tagged: amazon, steam, steam sale

In case you hadn't heard yet, Steam is holding their annual Holiday Sale on PC games.  What you probably didn't know though is that Amazon has committed to matching prices with the Steam sale!  Now, the Amazon sales will just give you Steam keys that you can use in Steam, so what's the point?   Well it makes it easier to combine with other purchases you may be making for the holidays and it also happens to support PC Perspective at the same.

What's not to love!?

Here are some of the best sales we found on the Steam Holiday Sale through Amazon on Day 11!  Keep in mind that deals will change frequently so buy them quickly if you find one you want!

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You can see the previous days' deals as well:

Steam Holiday Sale on Amazon - Day 10

Subject: General Tech | December 29, 2013 - 08:40 PM |
Tagged: amazon, steam, steam sale

In case you hadn't heard yet, Steam is holding their annual Holiday Sale on PC games.  What you probably didn't know though is that Amazon has committed to matching prices with the Steam sale!  Now, the Amazon sales will just give you Steam keys that you can use in Steam, so what's the point?   Well it makes it easier to combine with other purchases you may be making for the holidays and it also happens to support PC Perspective at the same.

What's not to love!?

Here are some of the best sales we found on the Steam Holiday Sale through Amazon on Day 10!  Keep in mind that deals will change frequently so buy them quickly if you find one you want!

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You can see the previous days' deals as well:

Steam Holiday Sale on Amazon - Day 9

Subject: General Tech | December 28, 2013 - 02:50 PM |
Tagged: amazon, steam, steam sale

In case you hadn't heard yet, Steam is holding their annual Holiday Sale on PC games.  What you probably didn't know though is that Amazon has committed to matching prices with the Steam sale!  Now, the Amazon sales will just give you Steam keys that you can use in Steam, so what's the point?   Well it makes it easier to combine with other purchases you may be making for the holidays and it also happens to support PC Perspective at the same.

What's not to love!?

Here are some of the best sales we found on the Steam Holiday Sale through Amazon on Day 9!  Keep in mind that deals will change frequently so buy them quickly if you find one you want!

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You can see the previous days' deals as well:

Steam Holiday Sale on Amazon - Day 8

Subject: General Tech | December 27, 2013 - 07:02 PM |
Tagged: amazon, steam, steam sale

In case you hadn't heard yet, Steam is holding their annual Holiday Sale on PC games.  What you probably didn't know though is that Amazon has committed to matching prices with the Steam sale!  Now, the Amazon sales will just give you Steam keys that you can use in Steam, so what's the point?   Well it makes it easier to combine with other purchases you may be making for the holidays and it also happens to support PC Perspective at the same.

What's not to love!?

Here are some of the best sales we found on the Steam Holiday Sale through Amazon on Day 8!  Keep in mind that deals will change frequently so buy them quickly if you find one you want!

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You can see the previous days' deals as well:

Steam Holiday Sale on Amazon - Day 7

Subject: General Tech | December 26, 2013 - 09:13 PM |
Tagged: steam sale, steam, amazon

In case you hadn't heard yet, Steam is holding their annual Holiday Sale on PC games.  What you probably didn't know though is that Amazon has committed to matching prices with the Steam sale!  Now, the Amazon sales will just give you Steam keys that you can use in Steam, so what's the point?   Well it makes it easier to combine with other purchases you may be making for the holidays and it also happens to support PC Perspective at the same.

What's not to love!?

Here are some of the best sales we found on the Steam Holiday Sale through Amazon on Day 7!  Keep in mind that deals will change frequently so buy them quickly if you find one you want!

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You can see the previous days' deals as well:

Steam Holiday Sale on Amazon - Day 6

Subject: General Tech | December 26, 2013 - 09:58 AM |
Tagged: amazon, steam, steam sale

In case you hadn't heard yet, Steam is holding their annual Holiday Sale on PC games.  What you probably didn't know though is that Amazon has committed to matching prices with the Steam sale!  Now, the Amazon sales will just give you Steam keys that you can use in Steam, so what's the point?   Well it makes it easier to combine with other purchases you may be making for the holidays and it also happens to support PC Perspective at the same.

What's not to love!?

Here are some of the best sales we found on the Steam Holiday Sale through Amazon on Day 6!  Keep in mind that deals will change frequently so buy them quickly if you find one you want!

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You can see the previous days' deals as well: