Valve has once again provided some insight into the highest-grossing games of the year on Steam. The sixth annual top seller list divides the top 100 games into a few categories, and the titles within each are ranked randomly. The 12 games in the Platinum category brought in the most money.
There are several free-to-play games at the top as Steam has taken into account microtransactions and paid expansions. The Platinum tier is dominated by old favorites, including Apex Legends, PUBG: Battlegrounds, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dead by Daylight, Destiny 2, Rainbow Six Siege, Dota 2, and Grand Theft Auto V.
It is the sixth year in a row that Dota 2, CS:GO and Grand Theft Auto V have reached the highest level. PUBG: Battlegrounds and Rainbow Six Siege each also made the cut for the fifth time. Destiny 2, meanwhile, has been featured in the Platinum tier every year since it hit Steam in 2019.
Battle royale title Naraka: Bladepoint and Battlefield 2042 were among this year’s four releases to make the top 12. Valheim, a survival sandbox game created by just five people, is also among the biggest money makers, as is New World, showing that after years of trying and failing, Amazon has finally taken a hit.
The newcomers who made it into the second group of 12 games, Gold, are FIFA 22, Back 4 Blood, Forza Horizon 5 and It Takes Two, which won Game of the Year at The Game Awards. The older titles in that section are Final Fantasy XIV Online (which Square Enix is temporarily no longer selling due to overloaded servers), Red Dead Redemption 2, Rust, Sea of Thieves, Warframe, The Elder Scrolls Online, War Thunder, and Forza Horizon 4 .
The Silver section, meanwhile, includes 2021 releases such as Halo Infinite, Outriders, Resident Evil Village, and Mass Effect Legendary Edition. Cyberpunk 2077, released last December, falls into that category, as do The Sims 4, Monster Hunter: World, and the bot-infested Team Fortress 2.
Some key points to note include the fact that EA, which brought its games back to Steam in 2019, had four titles in the top 24 earners, including three new releases: Apex Legends, Battlefield 2042, FIFA 22, and It Takes Two. Microsoft also had several games in the top few, despite them all being available on PC Game Pass. Forza Horizon 5, its predecessor and Sea of Thieves all fall into the Gold category. Halo Infinite made it to Silver, although the multiplayer is free to play and the paid campaign was only out a week before Steam stopped tracking revenue for the list.
Many of these games – including New World, Battlefield 2042, Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, and Sea of Thieves – are discounted on the Steam Winter Sale. Cyberpunk 2077, Valheim, and Back 4 Blood are also included in the sale, which runs through January 5.
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