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
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.
Do you think the #Steam Survey for #Linux #gaming markethare will crack 1.0% in December?
– Phoronix (@phoronix) December 31, 2020
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.