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Valve leaks Steam game player counts; we have the numbers

A recently discovered hole in Valve's API allowed observers to generate extremely precise and publicly accessible data for the total number of players for thousands of Steam games.

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Eonjay134d ago (Edited 134d ago )

Valve can't leak it. Valve is steam. A leak would be if the information came from someone else. I understand this was done through an API but if Valve made it accessible, its not a leak. An oversight to the clandestine nature of American companies trying to hide real data.. sure; but its not leak.

Skull521134d ago

Gonna have to look up Unturned, 27 million is a huge player count for a game I’ve never even heard of.

Aeery134d ago (Edited 134d ago )

APB Reloaded - 5,874,946

hahahah :D

Don't let the numbers fool you!

UltraNova133d ago

So how much is Valve making out of each sale? (excluding in house ones)?

thisismyaccount133d ago

Call up Mario or Luigi, both know how to fix valves ... especially Luigi, he's currently a Freeman.

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Timesplitter14134d ago (Edited 134d ago )

If it came from an unexpected hole in security, then it's a leak. Whenever the information was made public against the company's intention, it's a leak

ImGumbyDammit134d ago (Edited 134d ago )

No, what you are describing is an error. No nefarious characters purposely releasing data. A leak is a purposeful intent by someone with knowledge of a matter (usually inside or closely associated with the organization) to distribute that knowledge without given the right to do so. If this is a programming error/bug by Valve giving access to more data then they intended it is not done purposefully. However, nothing so far disprove this particular API isn't doing what it is supposed to do (as designed by Valve/Steam), provide up to data of exact Steam numbers.

The exact definition of a leak (from Oxford) : (v) intentionally disclose (secret information). >> Note the word intentionally.

Eonjay134d ago

Valve made the too that made this possible. it is as Gumby said, an error.

Timesplitter14134d ago

@ImGumbyDammit
well then the Oxford dictionary is wrong

rainslacker133d ago

The technical term is data breach. The leak is the actual information being distributed to unauthorized individuals. In this case, it's not Valve leaking the data, just that they had a security hole in their software.

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Movefasta1993134d ago

That top 10 will give you an answer as to why Valve no longer make games like they used to.

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kevnb134d ago (Edited 134d ago )

Player counts are already on steam... but this is more than just player counts.

Tobse133d ago

Steamcharts shows the overall active users per game. This is how many people own which game

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