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Steam unique player counts for thousands of games leak from Valve


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Because this data is derived directly from Steam's API for each game, it ends up much more precise than the old Steam Gauge/Steam Spy estimation methods, which relied on random sampling of a small portion of the Steam player base. But this method only works for games with developer-defined Achievements, so it covers about 13,000 of the roughly 23,000 games now on Steam.

 

It's not exactly clear how Valve defines this "Achievement denominator," which approaches but doesn't precisely match up with the "players" statistics provided to individual developers. The new data also gives no indication of how many people own the game without having played it. And, in very rare cases, this method could come up with a denominator that's off by a factor of two, thanks to common factors (though this chance becomes vanishingly small in games with more than a few Achievements).

 

 

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22 minutes ago, Massdriver said:

Pretty interesting stuff. Would it be fair to say that these are sales, or just people that have opened the games?

"As far as we can tell, the number is actually closest to "total number of Steam users who have played the game at least once." People with the game in their account but who have never touched it don't count.

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