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Steam Hardware Survey shows Linux gamers are on the decline, but that isn’t the case

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Valve’s latest Steam Hardware Survey shows that the share from Linux users has declined from two percent in March 2013 to 0.91 percent in February 2016. However, the data fails to account for the massive increase in Steam’s overall userbase, which was 65 million in 2013, which shot up to 125 million last year.

Even though the percentage of users went down, the overall number of users rose over the course of the last year, as 0.91 percent of 125 million means that there are at least 1.13 million gamers on the Linux platform. Moreover, Valve did not account for SteamOS machines, and while the platform is still in its nascent stages, it is slowly gaining momentum.

While there may not be a considerable number of Linux gamers, it is good to see that the platform is continuing to hold its ground. Gaming on Linux has a detailed survey where it collated data from several stores and publishers, including GOG and Humble Bundle, which shows that there are more Linux gamers now than ever before.

Harish Jonnalagadda
http://harishjonnalagadda.com
Harish Jonnalagadda is an avid reader of science-fiction novels. A long-time Arsenal fan, his other interests include gaming, basketball and making music. He also likes tinkering with hardware in his free time.

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