Reported Steam Linux Usage Battles To Stay Above 1.0%
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Gaming on 6 March 2015 at 09:37 AM EST. 81 Comments
With all of the GDC2015 announcements this week from Valve developing an Intel Vulkan Linux graphics driver to confirming a lot of new Linux games, I just noticed today that Valve published their Steam Survey results for February and it shows a decline in Linux gamers.

While not everyone holds weight in Steam's hardware/software survey, for last month they show the Linux marketshare shrinking to 1.02%, or a drop of 0.07% month over month.

This drop to just over 1.0% is the lowest numbers we've seen for Linux's representation on Steam in quite a number of months. However, it's not a huge surprise.

While more games continue to be ported over to Linux, given that there's no Linux game exclusives yet, no Steam Machines shipping, and no other super-compelling reason for Windows gamers to switch over to Linux, the Steam Linux usage numbers continue just cruising around at 1%. It probably won't be until the end of the year when Steam Machines start shipping and SteamOS is more mature would these numbers shoot higher.

You can dig through the latest monthly Steam survey data at
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