Steam Linux Usage Drops Below 1%

Written by Michael Larabel in Valve on 4 May 2015 at 09:30 PM EDT. 120 Comments
While we didn't expect any big gains for the Linux gaming market-share over the past month, it does come as a surprise there's a significant drop.

Steam's Hardware & Software Survey indicates a drop of 0.11% over April that now pegs the Steam Linux market-share at just 0.94%. Generally the Linux market-share on Steam hovers at just over 1.0% but this has been the biggest drop we've seen on Steam for Linux in a number of months.

The drop seemed to be rather broad and wasn't distribution specific with all major Steam Linux distributions losing ground in April.

The survey results updated for April 2015 were recently updated and can be found at Sadly, these numbers probably won't elevate the Linux status any higher for the next few months until the premiere of Steam Machines, the stabilization of SteamOS, and the debut of more high profile AAA Linux games at or near launch time for Windows. This summer's debut of Windows 10 will also pose more competition.
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