Over the past few days in Seattle the notoriously tight lipped Valve has opened up and is holding a conference known as Steam Dev Days. Billed as:
Steam Dev Days is a two-day game developer’s conference where professionals can meet in a relaxed, off the record environment. Developers will share their design and industry expertise, participate in roundtable discussions and attend lectures by industry veterans on topics ranging from game economies to VR, Linux/OpenGL, user-generated content and more. Developers will also have direct access to Valve’s Steam Team, and will be given a chance to test-drive and provide feedback on Steam OS, prototype Steam Machines and Steam Controllers.
So basically Valve and crew are plotting how they are going to take all of your money and free time from you. And they are becoming more successful at it at a staggering rate. And providing us a quality service in the process.
In late October Valve announced that Steam had reached the 65 million users mark. Today they have announced that they have reached 75 million. In all of 2013 they added 23 million. That is a lot of people. North America holds a slight edge in users at 41% with Western Europe a close second at 40%
Valve also has plans to support 12 new currencies for Steam in 2014, and no bitcoin is not one of them.
Currently Steam accepts: US dollar, Pounds Sterling (UK), Russian rubles, Euro, and Brazilian reais.
Steam plans to add: Australian dollar, Canadian dollar, New Zealand dollar, Singapore dollar, Indonesian Rupiah, Japanese yen, Mexican peso, Norwegian krone, Philippine peso, Malaysian ringgit, Thai baht, and Ukrainian hrynia.
For those of you currently stuck converting your currency into the US Dollar to make your purchases online this could end up saving you a few dollars. It remains to be seen if it will actually normalize the prices for games outside of the US and bring them more in line with what the US typically pays for a game.
PC world also reported that Gabe Newell in his opening address informed the public that Steam Greenlight would be going away, "Our goal is to make Greenlight go away. Not because it's not useful, but because we're evolving."