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24. Re: Steam Boasts 65 Million Accounts Oct 30, 2013, 17:30 jacobvandy
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 30, 2013, 15:41:
Yeah, but I think Keilun has the right of it. 30% is a huge leap year over year, that's literally millions of people joining. The addition of a bunch of free to play games over the past year is the only thing that could really explain that kind of explosion.

Given that Free to Play people are using Steam resources (Downloading, etc.) I wonder how Valve is offsetting that cost.

Valve gets a cut of the microtransactions in exchange for hosting and promoting the game (easily tracked when you have Steam-linked accounts such as in Path of Exile), and/or they sell the stuff as "DLC" for the game directly from the Steam store. Red 5, the developers of Firefall, have talked about it a lot because tons of people ask them why they aren't on Steam. Apparently they think they're better off without it.
 
 
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