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Valve have put out their usual monthly Steam Hardware Survey, which shows a bigger decline than usual for the Linux marketshare.

Last month, Linux was sat at 0.60%, but as of October it has dropped to 0.35% which is a sharper drop than usual. It's worth noting, that Mac had an even bigger drop.

It's easy to see why though, China is now the biggest market on Steam according to their survey. Simplified Chinese has increased by +26.83% making their share of Steam's market at 56.37%. That's a huge influx of users from that region, which can easily account for the reason Linux has been dropping recently.

When you look at it even further, Windows specifically has 57.45% (an increase of +26.99%) using Simplified Chinese as their language. Compare that with Linux, and only 0.53% (a drop of -0.11%) use Simplified Chinese. Linux just isn't popular in that region, so again, the drop does make sense and can be accounted for.

A large portion of that increase has likely been fuelled by PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS, which is not available on Linux and is the most played game on Steam right now. There's also rumours of it being banned in China, which has likely caused another surge in people taking a look at it.

I should remind you, that a drop in the marketshare doesn't mean less users. It likely means that Windows growth here due to the two above points has just dwarfed any possible increase in Linux gamers on Steam.

I don't see this as any reason to panic, at all. Once the hype around PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS starts to vanish, the numbers will likely start to even out again.

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g000h 3 November 2017 at 2:34 pm UTC
BrisseYeah, but my point is that you seemed to imply with your last comment that pirates don't count towards Steam statistics which is just plain wrong.

No, my implication was that someone who pirates will potentially do so, whenever possible. Agreeing with you that people can selectively pirate software, i.e. buy some stuff and pirate other stuff. However, if the person is in Steam statistics, it probably means they bought the game on Steam or acquired a steam key some other way, possibly fraudulently.
Brisse 3 November 2017 at 2:50 pm UTC
g000hHowever, if the person is in Steam statistics, it probably means they bought the game on Steam or acquired a steam key some other way, possibly fraudulently.

Except, all you need to appear in the statistics is a FREE Steam account and the FREE Steam client. You don't need to own any games. Also, there are some really popular free-to-play games on Steam such as DOTA2 which you can just install and play right away without paying a single cent.

If you were to pirate a game, it will run outside of Steam, so pirates don't get banned from Steam. Anything you run from within Steam is going to be legit, except if you are the victim of key fraud.
BOYSSSSS 3 November 2017 at 3:53 pm UTC
@Brisse He's not saying that the statistics somehow show pirates, he's simply saying that large portion of Chinese Windows users use pirated Windows and that pirates are going to pirate, so don't expect money flooding because of some statistic.
Seegras 3 November 2017 at 9:35 pm UTC
hardpenguinBut most of Linux users use Steam in English.
My whole system runs in English, even though it's not my native tongue. It even runs British English, because otherwise the spellchecking is totally WRONG .
Seegras 3 November 2017 at 9:40 pm UTC
g000hHere's some Black and White for you..

You play legitimately bought games on pirated Windows - you're a pirate.
You play pirated games on pirated Windows - you're a pirate.

You're wrong of course, because you failed to notice that piracy is defined as robbery on the high seas, whereas this is about copyright infringement.

So not matter how hard you violate Microsofts copyrights on Windows, you're not a pirate. You're just a copyright infringer.
Nod 4 November 2017 at 6:37 am UTC
I bet its due to a configuration change in the great firewall rather than millions of new Chinese steam users signing up in the last month.
chancho_zombie 8 November 2017 at 5:37 pm UTC
sorry this post is missing a trump meme.
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