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Steam 2010 Revenues : $1 Billion Dollar

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Steam made $1 billion USD in 2010.

Valve's PC Games distribution platform Steam made $1 billion USD in 2010 !

Estimated revenues through the major digital PC retailer were estimated at $970 million USD in 2010, with December capping off the year with an estimated $213 million USD. Valve took a back seat during the year, as it was the 3rd largest publisher on Steam, bringing in an estimated $80 million USD in revenues, mostly from its 2009 release 'Left 4 Dead 2'. However, Valve sold the most titles of all publishers, as Valve published 7 of the top 10 titles when ordered for units sold.

Director of Research & Analysis, Benjamin Schlichter, stated, "Steam's growth has been remarkable during the year. Over 180 titles were estimated reaching over $1 million USD in revenue for the year, painting a very healthy market for developers and publishers, with more room for growth in the future."

Mirroring its console successes, the 'Call of Duty' franchise saw great sales on the platform, with Call of Duty: Black Ops and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 taking 1st and 2nd place in terms of gross revenues, respectively. During just 2 months on the market, Black Ops sold an estimated 1.6 million copies for just under $100 million USD. Due to the popularity of the titles and expansion packs, Activision was the #1 publisher on Steam in 2010, selling an estimated $153 million USD of content during the year. Other first person shooters saw great success as well, as 7 of the top 10 games were primarily of the format.

Top Selling Titles, by Estimated Gross Revenues in 2010

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision) - $98.2 Million USD
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision) - $39.4 Million USD
  3. Left 4 Dead 2 (Valve) - $36.0 Million USD
  4. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (Electronic Arts) - $25.4 Million USD
  5. Sid Meier's Civilization V (2K Games) - $21.9 Million USD
  6. Portal (Valve) - $20.0 Million USD
  7. Fallout: New Vegas (Bethesda Softworks) - $17.0 Million USD
  8. Metro 2033 (THQ) - $13.4 Million USD
  9. Mafia II (2K Games) - $11.9 Million USD
  10. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising (THQ) - $10.8 Million USD

Restraining order for Playstation 3 Hacker

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Sony has won a restraining order that stops a hacker spreading word about ways to play pirated games on the PS3.

Sony has won a restraining order that stops a hacker spreading word about ways to play pirated games on the PS3.

The injunction means George Hotz can no longer put information on the web about the hack and must hand over his computers to Sony.He has 10 days to comply with the Californian court order to hand over his computer equipment.The court order comes despite scepticism that Sony could pursue those behind the PS3 hack in California.

In mid-January, Sony started its legal action against 100 members of the fail0verflow hacker collective who found and published security codes for the PS3. Included in the legal action was prominent hacker George Hotz who had independently found and published information about the same codes. The hack had the potential to let owners run any software on their machine including pirated games.

Sony contended that the action infringed its copyright and constituted fraud.When the legal action was filed, Mr Hotz declared himself "comfortable" that it would go nowhere.

Early reports about the case revealed the Judge's scepticism that California's courts had jurisdiction to pursue the case. Despite this, Judge Susan Illston has granted the order citing the legal concept of "purposeful direction".Sony is also asking for damages because it claims the publication of the security codes was hitting game sales.

Sony has also tackled hackers in another way by releasing a firmware update for its PS3 console. Billed as a security update, the code has reportedly resulted in some people being permanently banned from servers for games such as Call of Duty: Black Ops.

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