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Steam reveals its top selling 100 games of 2017

by Mark Tyson on 2 January 2018, 13:11

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Valve has published a number of top lists charting the Steam PC gaming success stories of 2017. Among the lists it compiled you can check through; the Top Sellers by revenue generated, the Top New Releases of 2017, the Top Selling VR titles, the Top Early Access Games, and the Most Played Games of 2017.

Starting with the Top Sellers by revenue in 2017, Valve has divided its top 100 games into award categories rather than a 1-100 list. For example there are 12 games in its top selling platinum category, 12 gold winners, 16 silver winners, and the rest get bronze. If you reload the Top Sellers page you will notice that the titles jiggle around, meaning they are not displayed within any particular order amongst their fellow category winning titles.

The Top Sellers by revenue 2017 platinum winners, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Ark: Survival Evolved
  • Counter Strike: Global Offensive
  • Divinity: Original Sin 2
  • DOTA 2
  • Ghost Recon Wildlands
  • GTA V
  • H1Z1
  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Rocket League
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Warframe

The above list earned the most revenue during 2017 via game sales, in-game transactions, and DLC sales - hence the placement of several free-to-play titles.

If you head on over to the Top New Releases of 2017 you will see that Valve used another approach for these listings; bundles of 2017 vintage games listed by month of release but in no other particular order. Moving on to the Best of 2017 VR games, Valve again opts for the platinum, gold, silver, bronze groupings. Valve noted that over 1000 new VR titles were launched in 2017.

Top Early Access games included titles like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Oxygen Not Included, Northgard, Dead Cells, and Blackwake. Meanwhile the top played games of 2017 compares interestingly to those that rake in the most revenue. For this chart Valve included 107 games; with the top games having a consistent >100K simultaneous players, and the entry level category with >15K but <25K simultaneous players (and two groupings between these two extremes).

As a reminder, the Steam Winter Sale continues until 4th January at 6pm GMT (with many of the above named titles discounted), and voting in the Steam Awards continues.



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Nice to see some traditional titles up there. Shame to see ‘free-to-play’ titles with top gross revenue…
jimbouk
Nice to see some traditional titles up there. Shame to see ‘free-to-play’ titles with top gross revenue…
See I don't mind free to play. It tells you up front that there will be things to purchase in game and if done right that can be balanced and still an enjoyable game.

Its paying for stuff in a game I paid full price for a balk at.
jimbouk
Nice to see some traditional titles up there. Shame to see ‘free-to-play’ titles with top gross revenue…
Actually warframe (I've been playing for around 2 years) is probably the most balanced ‘free to play’ games I've seen because you don't actually need to pay anything to get all the important stuff in game (ie warframes, weapons etc). Not saying there aren't other ‘issues’ with the game but in terms of balance between pay to win and free to play it's in a fairly good place.

The stuff that is plat only is basically cosmetic. Yes you can trade for mods/prime items you don't have but most people buy and use plat because they want to not because they have to, you can trade your own items for plat as you get extras etc. Although I will admit they could do with increasing the number of free slots for warframes/weapons.

The only thing I dislike is the use of steam for ‘tennogen’ stuff (cosmetic) which is sold via steam so is a separate cost to the main game. These are designed by players who get a small percentage of the cost while DE (maker of warframe) and Steam take the rest.
I have noticed that prices can vary a lot from place to place and then there are the specials that pop up.
Some of the games on sites like Voidu are even occasionally cheaper than buying on Steam.
Haven't bought that many online thus far and those have been from Steam and Origin, but now I am going to look around a bit more.
whatif
I have noticed that prices can vary a lot from place to place and then there are the specials that pop up.
Some of the games on sites like Voidu are even occasionally cheaper than buying on Steam.
Haven't bought that many online thus far and those have been from Steam and Origin, but now I am going to look around a bit more.
Www.isthereanydeal.com is brilliant for that. Set up a watch list of games (or import steam/gog wishlists) and then set a price point or percentage discount you want it to alert you at then sit back and it'll email you when that game hits one of your trigger points. Covers about 15 stores but not the grey market key sellers like G2A so you can be confident you're buying legit. Even shows price history so you can see when something is its cheapest ever.

Half an hour setting it all up on there is time well invested. It's saved me over £25 just in the Xmas sales.