New steam survey statistics?

Alfred Reynolds alfred at
Mon Aug 25 12:14:42 CDT 2008

We recently switched our survey system from a monolithic bi-yearly
survey to a monthly rolling survey with a subset of the userbase each
month, so we can get a continuous view of changes in hardware amongst
our users.

We have 2 months of good data to date, Wine usage has increased from
0.33 to 0.36% over that month, but given the small number of Wine
responses any increase would be in the margins of error. So Wine usage
looks steady since last year amongst the Steam usebase as a whole.

As always the Steam Survey is an opt-in system so usual reporting biases
could apply.

- Alfred

> -----Original Message-----
> From: wine-devel-bounces at [mailto:wine-devel-
> bounces at] On Behalf Of Scott Ritchie
> Sent: Monday, August 25, 2008 9:21 AM
> To: Evil Jay
> Cc: Wine Devel
> Subject: Re: New steam survey statistics?
> Evil Jay wrote:
> > I too would be interested in seeing the numbers, but I'm not sure
> you're
> > going to see the correlation you expect, Scott.
> >
> > While Linux adoption may have grown, Valve has probably been selling
> > just as many, if not more games to customers who already owned
> Windows
> > but had never used Steam.
> A priori, I don't think there's any reason to expect a decrease in
> Wine's steam marketshare unless there's something that's made it
> relatively worse compared with a Windows install.  The release of
> BioShock over steam, for instance, was such a reason since it didn't
> work on Wine, but that happened before the previous survey.  New video
> cards not having (good) Linux drivers would be a similar reason, but
> I understand it the newer video cards have better Linux drivers these
> days than the old ones.
> On the other hand, we've seen some serious relative improvements to
> Wine
> - Wine 1.0, Crossover Games, new distro releases, increased Linux
> desktop marketshare.  Maybe 1% is too high, but I'm certainly not
> expecting a decrease.
> Thanks,
> Scott Ritchie

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