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Valve: "93% of Steam Users Born on January 1st"

 

 
 

 

 

Valve's head honcho Gabe Newell revealed in an odds-defying statement today that 93% of Steam users were born on January 1st.

"It's something that's been really bothering us for awhile," a visibly befuddled Newell told The Noble Eskimo. "The odds of this happening are even less than a billion-to-one. In fact, this is without a doubt the least likely thing that has ever happened on this planet. 93% of our more-than 30 million users were born on January 1st. It's incredible."

Crunching the numbers reveals approximately 27,900,000 of its users share the same New Year's birthday.

Digging a little deeper yields more interesting results. Of the estimated 6.9 billion people on the planet (source: United States Census Bureau), and under the assumption that each day of the year has the same number of birthdays amongst the population, there should be 18,904,110 people sharing birthdays on each calendar date. This is 8,995,890 fewer people than there are Steam users with January 1st birthdays. So what accounts for the disproportionate number of January 1st births?

"It's hard to say exactly why so many babies are born on New Year's as opposed to other days of the year," Newell ponders. "There are many theories floating around the Valve offices, and we have even hired some outside help to determine what the causes are. They've been working diligently for a couple years now, and though they have yet to discover anything conclusive, I remain confident they will find something soon."

Please see this article on Steam for more information.

3.10.11

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