Linux Remains Above 1% on the Steam Hardware Survey

The trend appears to be continuing, with the October numbers up from Valve which show Steam usage on Linux is now at 1.13%.

If you’re at all interested in gaming on PCs, you’ve probably come across Steam, Valve’s platform for distributing, updating and running games. Steam makes it possible to purchase a game, install it over the internet and then run it from the Steam interface.

There are plenty of Steam games that will run on Linux. This approach is officially supported by Steam using a system called Proton, which is a compatibility layer that allows Windows games to run on Linux-based operating systems.

Yesterday Valve has published its monthly Steam Hardware Survey for October, and aside from showing the usual Nvidia and Intel dominance in GPUs and CPUs usage among Steam users, there weren’t many new takeaways from the latest report except Linux gaming rising to 1.13%.

In this case that 1.13% market-share is a +0.08% bump over the previous month. For context, Linux gaming has historically sat below 1%, according to the folks at GamingOnLinux who have been tracking market share of the open source OS for a good few years now.

Going by the data that Steam provide we can see a breakdown of the most popular Linux distributions on Steam right now as these:

The stats above represent the market-share of all gaming systems questioned in the survey. In addition to, on the image below you can see the stats  concerning only Linux-based systems. Unsurprisingly, Ubuntu is the most used Linux distro running the Steam client.

Valve Steam - Linux Only Statistic

Let’s just recall that In April, the number of players started to grow slowly and reached the 1% mark in July. Considering Valve’s own data of 120 million monthly active users, there should be around 1.2 million Linux players on Steam right now.

So obviously more people are now starting to use the Linux operating system, according to a survey on Steam hardware. While there doesn’t seem to be any way to know for sure, it’s entirely possible that this increase has occurred thanks to the announcement of the Steam Deck

We expect the Linux market-share to rise even further once Steam Decks start getting in the hands of the gamers. All of the people using the console will contribute to the growth of Linux gaming, helping it to a much higher level adoption.

Bobby Borisov

Bobby Borisov

Bobby, an editor-in-chief at Linuxiac, is a Linux professional with over 20 years of experience. With a strong focus on Linux and open-source software, he has worked as a Senior Linux System Administrator, Software Developer, and DevOps Engineer for small and large multinational companies.

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