Skip to main content

The number of games released on Steam could top 5,000 in 2017—the most ever in a single year

Audio player loading…

It's no wonder your Steam backlog keeps growing: the platform is releasing more games than ever before. According to analyst Daniel Ahmad, of Niko Partners, the number of games released on the platform so far this year has already surpassed the total for the whole of 2015.

Around 1,300 games have popped up since June's launch of Steam Direct (opens in new tab), the replacement for Steam Greenlight that lets developers publish on Steam without passing through an approval process. If that pace carries on then the number of games released this year could top 5,000 for the first time.

That would mean there were more games released this year on Steam than in the eight years between 2006 and 2014. Pretty staggering.

See more
See more

I'm split on whether that's a good or bad thing. It means that a lot of dross gets through the net, and it can make it harder for the best titles to stand out in the growing crowd. But it also allows users to buy some real gems that may not have made it through Steam Greenlight, which saw users vote on titles that should be published. What do you think?

Cheers, PCGamesN (opens in new tab).

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.