Steam has reported yet another year of over 100 per cent growth in 2011.It's the seventh year in a row that the digital retail platform has recorded an annual doubling in sales.
Throughout the year Steam's catalogue of titles passed over 1,8000 titles and its user base grew to over 40m. In total over 780 Petabytes of data was purchased by customers – helped in some part by a doubling of server capacity.
In excess of 14.5m Steamworks-enabled games were registered in 2011, a 67 per cent year-on-year increase. Steamworks is now included in over 400 individual titles.
"Steam and Steamworks continues to evolve to keep up with customer and developer demands for new services and content," Valve's co-founder and president Gabe Newell stated.
"Support for in-game item trading prompted the exchange of over 19m items. Support for free-to-play (FTP) games, launched in June, has spurred the launch of 18 FTP titles on Steam, with more coming in 2012.
Looking forward, we are preparing for the launch of the Big Picture UI mode, which will allow gamers to experience Steam on large displays and in more rooms of the house."