Steam On Linux Competes To Stay Above 1%

Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Gaming on 7 September 2014 at 10:19 AM EDT. 52 Comments
The August numbers for Valve's Steam Hardware/Software Survey indicate a possible drop in Steam Linux usage as the overall percentage of Linux gamers using this digital distribution platform hovers just around 1.0%.

The August 2014 numbers for Steam's Hardware Survey tally up the Linux usage to 1.06% compared to 1.11% the month prior and 1.2% before that. Since the Steam on Linux debut the percentage of reported Linux gamers via this survey generally bounces between 1.0% and 1.5%.

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The results from this survey can be found at but by this stage it isn't much of a surprise. Don't expect any big changes until SteamOS is stable, Steam Machines available at retail, and there being more competitive advantages to Linux over Windows for gamers.

Other metrics right now from this summer also peg the Linux desktop marketshare at just under 2%.
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