In an industry that is often woefully opaque, Steam goes against the grain by revealing a trove of data for future analysis. While sites like SteamDB and Steamcharts have been doing at least some of this for a while for player counts, Steam has released its own version of Steam Charts, an official variant that will now permanently display the top 100 highest earning games and the 100 most played games on the service at any given time.
It is access to the most accurate player count figures, although the most interesting thing will be the income list. Although the exact dollar amounts are not shown, the listing location still shows some clear pictures. Here are the top 10 lists for both categories as we speak, revenue and number of players:
- Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
- slime rancher 2
- apex legends
- cyberpunk 2077
- counter strike global offensive
- destiny 2
- lost ark
- The Elder Scrolls online
- potion permit
- final fantasy xiv online
NUMBER OF PLAYERS
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive: 765,000 concurrent players
- DOTA 2 – 537,000
- Apex Legends – 341,000
- PUBG – 298,000
- Lost Ark – 122,000
- GTA 5 – 117,000
- Naraka: Sword Tip – 100,000
- Team Fortress 2 – 97,000
- Wallpaper Engine – 83,000
- Cyberpunk 2077 – 73,000
So what “narratives” emerge from this initial list here? It’s not exactly a huge surprise to see Modern Warfare 2 at the top here due to pre-orders for a hugely popular $70 game. But you’ll notice a number of free titles in the top ten, which means they’re racking up that money alone. for microtransactions, season passes or expansions.
Of note, Destiny 2 has been in the top 100 highest-earning games for 167 weeks, the entire time it’s been on Steam, and last week it was apparently #2, due to pre-orders for Lightfall, its upcoming expansion. . The Elder Scrolls Online has been in the top 100 for 400 (!) weeks, indicating that it may be much more of a sleeper hit than many realize.
And of course the most recent rise story is Cyberpunk 2077 fresh off a hit anime a new patch and half the sale where it’s now the 4th highest earning game on Steam wild for a game for a single player that was released almost two years ago. . It is also in the top 10 most played list and has set records since its launch for concurrent players almost every day this week. The rest of the most played list is more than I’d expect given that I monitor it regularly through 3rd party Steamcharts, and I don’t see many surprises there.
In any case, this is a list I plan to monitor very closely, as such elaborate stats are pretty hard to come by in this overly secretive industry, where people often only share things when investors order it or are trying to show it off. .
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