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Top 10 Steam Keys Facts you should know.

Here is everything you need to know about Steam Keys with "Top 10 facts" from 15 Digits.

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Number 10:

Number 10:

The Steam platform was made by Valve Corporation as they were having problems updating Counter-Strike, Day of Defeat and half Life Mods. They originally asked Microsoft, Yahoo, and RealNetworks to build a client with these features but they declined. Do you think someone was fired?

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Number 9:

Number 9:

Working titles for the self-produced platform included "Grid" and "Gazelle". I wonder when they came up with Steam as it seems pretty obvious now!

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Number 8:

Number 8:

The first content delivered via the platform was a mod for Day of Defeat the WWII FPS built on the Half-Life game and really the granddaddy of one of the biggest gaming franchises of all time, Call of Duty.

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Number 7:

Number 7:

80,000 to 300,000 gamers took part on the beta testing during January 2003. The system choked under the massive strain of so many people trying to play Counter-Strike at the same time. They have certainly invested in some servers since as now Steam will see up to 8.9m concurrent users!

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Number 6:

Number 6:

Rag Doll Kung Fu was the first 3rd party game released on Steam in October 2005. it wasn't until 2007 that major publishers started using the platform when ID Software, Eidos, and Capcom joined.

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Number 5:

Number 5:

The Steam workshop was originally created to distribute new items for Team Fortress 2. When The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was released the Steam workshop was redesigned to support any game on the platform.

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Number 4:

Number 4:

On launch in 2004 Steam sold just 7 games. It has certainly grown since and currently stocks 11,180 different games with 4200 being added in 2016 alone.

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Number 3:

Number 3:

Forbes reports the US sales of PC games is valued over $4 billion. Steam apparently enjoys 50 to 70% of that number meaning its revenues are estimated at almost $3 billion!

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Number 2:

Number 2:

The first full game that used Steam was a special version of Impossible Creatures created by Relic Entertainment. While the game was used to demonstrate the platform in 2002 it wasn't officially released until 2015.

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Number 1:

Number 1:

By using 15 Digits in their Steam Keys Steam is able to produce 221,073,919,720,733,000,000,000 unique keys! This should last for years as so far they have only used 7% of the available keys!