Steam platform growth
2021 was successful even in comparison to 2020’s unprecedented growth. Players spent almost 38 billion hours on Steam in 2021 - a 21% increase over 2020. (That's a whopping 4.3 million years of playtime.)
Player spending on games rose 27% compared to 2020, growing even more than playtime did. That growth wasn't just due to existing players, either - Steam saw 2.6M first-time purchasers each month of 2021, roughly the same rate of new purchaser growth we saw in 2020 as the global pandemic unfolded.
It’s also worth pointing out that 2021 saw the addition of some beloved formerly-console-exclusive games from our friends at Sony and Microsoft. There are no bad years to be a PC gamer, but 2021 was an especially good one. From Days Gone to Forza Horizon 5, players on PC got to enjoy an incredible lineup from some of the best first-party console studios on the planet. That explosion of fresh content is a testament to the open, competitive nature of the PC ecosystem, where players have the broadest choice of what hardware to play on, what stores and services to use, and which games to play.
We're very excited to see Steam Deck out in the wild, and we believe it will meaningfully expand the benefits of PC gaming for the whole industry. Looking ahead, we plan to launch Steam Deck availability in more territories, and continue to ship software and firmware updates to improve the user experience for Deck. In the meantime, follow us @OnDeck to see gameplay videos and other updates.
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Steam - 2021 Year in Review