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Valve’s Steam data for December points to a big drop for Linux Gaming Marketshare



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Valve just released their Steam Survey numbers for December 2020, and it’s a huge downturn for Linux gamers if the numbers are actually accurate.

According to the published figures from Valve, the Linux market share on Steam represented only 0.57%, or a decrease of 0.33% compared to the previous month. The December 2020 figures show that Windows takes up just over 1.6% while macOS loses 1.31% market share down to 2.14%. These numbers are hugely outrageous for both Linux and macOS games.

It is possible that these figures are a bit of what we have seen many times before where Valve later revises its figures based on varying explanations. But it is also possible that there was actually a huge increase in Windows gamers around the holidays and various game sales, etc. There are also some who continue to doubt Valve̵

7;s Steam Survey techniques, among other concerns.

But at least with the former being at 0.9% and hoping to break the 1.0% threshold soon for Steam Linux games, the numbers at this point are a disappointment for non-Windows gamers.

So at least as with the Steam Survey results published now, gaming market share in Linux is back to 0.57% after seeing a steady increase since the introduction of Steam Play (Proton) to allow many more games on Linux.




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