Steam now has 30,000 games on its storefront

This number doesn't include DLC and more than half was added to Steam in the last two years.

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If you've ever felt like the Steam library of games was an insurmountable boss monster that you'd never chip down enough to defeat, you can finally put a number to the marketplace's health bar. Steam now officially houses over 30,000 individual games within its massive digital storefront.

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The number, reported by PC Gamer, does not include the many pieces of DLC that you'll find scattered around Steam. Interestingly, more than half of the games released in the last two years (over 6000 in 2017 and over 9000 in 2018). Valve pulled back on restrictions for the games that are allowed on in the Steam store, so higher clip at which games are being added to the store could continue to increase. VIrtual reality development probably played a small part in that boost, as well, and should continue to contribute as more HMDs are made available and developers get more familiar with the platform.

Much to the disappointment of many fans, there's not a large amount of the 30,000 games that come from Valve itself. Artifact is the latest high-profile game from the company, but there's a chance 2019 could yield something exciting. There was a recent leak of a SteamVR HMD, so one would hope that the company will tap a major title for the device's debut. Maybe sometime in 2019, Valve will at least reveal one of the top-secret games that currently in development.

Throughout Steam's history, there have been many imitators and attempts at competition, but not many put a dent in the storefront's market-share. Epic Games' new store is a solid new competitor on paper, but it still has a long way to go before it becomes the massive force in PC gaming that Steam has become. There's room for a new store, for sure, but it'll take some time to get there.

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    January 14, 2019 9:30 AM

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      January 14, 2019 9:36 AM

      I expect the growth rate to drop off when developers run out of options for "Hentai <noun>" format game titles. They're getting close.

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      January 14, 2019 12:05 PM

      65% weeb porn and asset flips.

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      January 14, 2019 12:26 PM

      And that's sort of the problem with Steam

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        January 14, 2019 12:40 PM

        The problem isn't the catalog size, the problem is finding anything :(

        The current metadata tags sort of help, but they're poorly curated and their usage in searching isn't super intuitive. Clicking on "see all" under"narrow by tag" is broken on my PCs. I have to manually guess tags.

        Like, I've been on Steam enough to know that my preferred tags are "Metroidvania" and "nudity", but of the millions of Steam users that might be interested in the same thing, how many can't find any of this gold because they're stuck in front page hell? How many people are missing out on UnHolY DisAsTeR and Maytroid?

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          January 14, 2019 12:49 PM

          The tags are mostly garbage. I mean, the "simulation" tag encompasses hardcore flight simulators, economy and production management games, survival games, dating games, all kinds of shit.