News: Valve Steam through 2011 with Bumper Results

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Letting Off Some Steam

Valve have been positively crowing this week with news that they have experienced yet another record breaking year with their Steam digital download and DRM platform. 2011 has seen Steam’s unit sales increase by over 100% for the seventh year in a row, not a bad result in a year when EA attempted to take a chunk out of Valve’s business with their Origin digital distribution platform. Despite the loss of several big EA franchises, Valve has credited heavy hitters such as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Deus Ex: Human Revolution as properties which have helped to grow their platform.

Valve’s Steam platform now plays host to 40,000,000 individual Steam accounts with access to 1,800 games. The current holiday season has for the first time seen Steam’s concurrent userbase rise above the 5,000,000 mark. It is currently unknown what Origin’s figures were for the holiday period, but one might well suppose that they were something less than this.

The Holiday Season Gives Nintendo Reason for Good Cheer

In a year that had initially heralded ill for Nintendo’s 3DS, the little system that could has managed to close out the year at the nice round figure of 4,000,000 units sold, and has come to regularly dominate weekly hardware charts. Nintendo has credited an early price-cut and the million-sellers Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 with buoying the 3DS to a tide of holiday sales.

Nintendo expects the 3DS’ good fortune to continue into the new year with the imminent release of installments in the Pokemon, Mario Party and Kid Icarus series, as well as the much anticipated Resident Evil Revelations and Metal Gear Solid 3D Snake Eater. While Nintendo’s holiday period results are heartening for portable gaming, one cannot help but think that the result would have been all the sweeter had Nintendo held off releasing their system until it was ready to go on sale.

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Square Enix MMORPG, Wakfu, Goes into Open Beta

Square Enix will be looking to administer a Phoenix Down to their MMORPG division this year when Wakfu hits the market in February, but gamers so inclined can beat the rush by signing up for the open beta anon. This plucky little freemium RPG promises an “amazing” anime art style and twelve discrete character classes, while players rebuild a world lost to chaos through strategic combat, crafting and national politicking.

When Wakfu hits the market, it will do so as a free download; providing access to its basic gameplay components gratis to the common man – while those desiring a level playing field may pay $6.00 per month to access the game’s premium content. A microtransactions store will also be available for players to make cosmetic purchases. Judging by some of the positive buzz surrounding this quirky title, Square Enix may well have found their premiere MMORPG for the new decade.


  1. Oh, wow, Wakfu is out? I’m going to have to try it. Dofus was a pretty fun game to pick up every now and then, and Wakfu looks a lot better.

    It’s worth pointing out that SE isn’t developing Wakfu, so it shouldn’t crash and burn as badly as some other games…

  2. Wakfu? o.O

    A brilliant beginning to our revitalised Weekly News Round-Up!

  3. I was in the beta for Wakfu. If you played Dofus, it’s pretty much exactly the same game with different classes

  4. For a game that I’ve scarcely heard mention of before, Wakfu (and it seems Dofus also) certainly has a lot of adherents. Is this one of those Weaboo dealies?

  5. I keep getting Dofus confused with Blokus, which it definitely is *not*.

  6. @SN No idea. I heard the words “Square Enix” and “MMO” together and my first reaction was to pull a NOPE.

  7. Square Enix is handling the American release. The game and the universe are all created by Ankama Games. It’s sort of like .HACK in the way that the series is kind of global. It started with a french anime, then there was an xbox game and now there is this MMORPG. Set like a thousand years after Dofus but in the same universe with pretty much the same play style

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