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The Steam Hardware Survey for December 2017 shows a reasonable increase for Linux

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UPDATE: Actually, it didn't go up.

The Linux market share on Steam has bounced backed a little in the latest Steam Hardware Survey for December 2017.

Note: Valve do sometimes adjust these numbers a few days later, so keep an eye on it.

As I noted in a recent article, one of the biggest causes of the Linux market share dropping on Steam was an influx of users from Asia. It seems the latest data has gone the opposite way. Here's a look at where Linux is at currently: 0.43%. That's quite an increase, considering the month before it was at 0.27%.

Why has this happened? Well, going by the same way I looked at it before, the use of "Simplified Chinese" as a language on Steam dropped by 15.31%. Also worth noting Windows 7 use dropped by 15.10%, with Windows 10 going up by 13.15%. The overall Windows share dropped by a total of 0.51%.

Here's some updated charts from the previous article (do read it for more info), first here's the Linux market share just by itself as a reference:

Here's what happens again when we look at languages and what happened with them over that same period:

And finally, here's what happens when we look at the market share when we take out Simplified Chinese and we look at just English as languages on Steam:

I did say it would bounce back. However, I expect it to be all over the place this year, up and down constantly due to games like PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS not being on Linux, which is currently the most popular game on Steam. It's also still growing, since it hit 3.1 million players online only three days ago, which is why I still expect the numbers to change both ways over the year. Also somewhat interesting, is that BattlEye tweeted out about 1.5 million bans being handed out for PUBG.

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stretch611 2 January 2018 at 12:35 am UTC
And here I thought that linux would take a nose dive after banning all linux machines named "catbot".


Edit: spelling


Last edited by stretch611 at 2 January 2018 at 12:47 am UTC
Guest 2 January 2018 at 12:55 am UTC
stretch611And here I thought that linux would take a nose dive after banning all linux machines named catbox

Wait until bots change their names and the auto-bans start to happen. Spin the wheel of fortune !

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Xpander 2 January 2018 at 12:56 am UTC
1.5 million PUBG accounts banned, thats must be it, they mention that most of the cheaters are from china in another tweet.. windows 7 usage also dropped. well they will get new accounts soon though, but yeah.
Guest 2 January 2018 at 12:58 am UTC
Xpander1.5 million PUBG accounts banned, thats must be it, they mention that most of the cheaters are from china in another tweet.. windows 7 usage also dropped. well they will get new accounts soon though, but yeah.

They should use Linux, everybody knows Haxors use Linux.
Solar 2 January 2018 at 1:32 am UTC
In before the "I'll still never buy Valve DRM" crowd.
Asu 2 January 2018 at 3:05 am UTC
need PUBG on linux.
ElectricPrism 2 January 2018 at 4:45 am UTC
meggerman
Xpander1.5 million PUBG accounts banned, thats must be it, they mention that most of the cheaters are from china in another tweet.. windows 7 usage also dropped. well they will get new accounts soon though, but yeah.

They should use Linux, everybody knows Haxors use Linux.

Sup Fellow h4x0r5, how do ya do
skinnyraf 2 January 2018 at 5:45 am UTC
Let's wait for January results to confirm it, but it seems that October and November results were outliers. December results seem to continue the earlier trend downwards though.
codythedragondude 2 January 2018 at 6:39 am UTC
named my steam machine catbot learning box valve was not pleased by this
Kon 2 January 2018 at 6:50 am UTC
Asuneed PUBG on linux.

They need to get it working on Windows first.
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