A new Steam Spy report is showing that there seems to be a huge user decline happening on Steam. This appears to be the biggest decline that the PC gaming platform has had in years in terms of the users. Ever since the beginning of 2018, the amount of people on Steam has been declining.
The decline includes both playing the games and having Steam open on the PC. The big user decline on Steam is definitely not good news for Valve. We have all of the latest details about the Steam Spy report showing this huge user decline, and what it means for Steam overall.
Steam Report Shows Significant User Decline
The Steam Spy report is showing a pretty significant user decline for Steam, which is not great news for the PC gaming platform. One of the most interest things is that the report is looking at both people who are actively playing games on Steam and those that just have Steam open and running on their PC.
There is a significant user decline even accounting for just the number of people who have Steam open and running on their PC. For Valve, this is not great news because it shows people are losing interest in the gaming platform. It does beg the question why are so many people leaving Steam, and why has it been happening all year?
One of the reasons why Steam might be seeing such a huge user decline this year has to do with PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. This game was a huge hit when it was first released onto Steam, breaking a ton of records in a very short amount of time.
Now, Fortnite has been released and it is direct competition to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. The same group of people who would play PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on Steam is the same group now choosing to play Fortnite. Fortnite has taken a lot of the user base away from Steam and the popularity of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
Steam User Decline Possibly Attributed to Fortnite
While we can assume that some of the drop off has to do with Fortnite, not all of it comes back to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. In fact, the Steam Spy report shows that the popularity of that game overall is smaller than the user decline that has occurred on Steam in 2018.
The user decline on Steam this year is into the millions, more specifically, around four million less users. When you look at PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, it would only account for about half of that user decline. So only part of the drop off might be coming from PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
Other reasons really remain unknown at this time as to what has caused such a significant user decline on Steam. There are always new games being published on Steam. It appears that the quality of games is basically the same as it always was too.
Some people might think it has to do with the summer and people being out and about, but that really does not make sense either. Summer and vacations happen every year, and the drop off on Steam is much more significant than in the past. That means something else is happening to cause people to leave Steam in huge numbers.
It is Unknown if Steam User Decline is Permanent
One thing we do not know at this point in time is if the Steam user decline is permanent. It is possible the numbers will go back up in the fall and winter. There is also a chance that the user decline is going to continue through 2018, for whatever reasons that really might be. It does not seem that any leaks or issues with Steam itself would be causing the user decline. Since no one knows for sure why the decline is so significant, no one knows whether it is permanent or just a hiccup in interest.
If you are someone who was using Steam and then stopped, we want to know what made you quit the PC gaming platform. Are some of the issues that Valve has had this year with banning games and developers causing you to stop using Steam? There have been issues too, with fake games constantly showing up on the platform.
We just told you last week about a cryptocurrency mining game that was removed from Steam. Do you think that these bad games are causing people to lose interest in the Steam platform? What issues have you seen on Steam that could account for the loss of players? Tell us below in the comments what you think the user decline means for Steam in the coming months.