If you’ve played a video game in the last 10 years you’ve heard of Valve, one of the most beloved gaming companies in the world and the team behind such iconic titles as Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Team Fortress, and Left 4 Dead. But games are no longer the engine that keeps Valve speeding along. That would be Steam: Valve’s revolutionary digital distribution service that has taken the gaming world by storm.
In February of 2011, Forbes reported an average salary of at least $350k per Valve (Steam) employee. While this sheds some light on the industry’s profitability, let’s not forget the limits of video game design have continually been pushed by creativity and technology in order to aid such profits. As great design creates the appeal to gamers, video game design continues to evolve. In turn, opportunities are created to meet the demands of this multi-billion dollar industry. This infographic highlights how Valve’s digital store has met the needs and demands of their target market.