Valve has presented its report card for 2021, and it is interesting to go through the numbers to see what was popular on its iconic Steam gaming platform. It may also give an insight into how the pandemic shaped gaming.
The report presents the top earners on the platform. Many of the games and publishers were expected to earn big. However, there are some surprises too.
Valve split the top 100 earners into categories, but the games in the Platinum category brought in the most amounts. Also, Valve did not rank the games in each category by earnings.
Interestingly, some free-to-play games made it to the list, but that is not surprising as they contain in-game purchases and paid expansions. Also, the names are familiar, with titles like Destiny 2, Apex Legends, PUBG: Battlegrounds, Dead by Daylight, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, and of course, Grand Theft Auto V.
Three titles are making the list for the sixth year straight, and they are Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Grand Theft Auto V. PUBG: Battlegrounds and Rainbow Six Siege have featured five times consecutively. Another game with a remarkable staying power is Destiny 2, which has been on the top list since it debuted on Steam in 2019.
Four games released this year are among the more exclusive top 12. They include Naraka: Bladepoint and Battlefield 2042. Valheim, produced by a team of five people, incredibly earned big too. Also, Amazon can now count itself among top game publishers as it has finally made a hit, the New World. This is after several failed attempts.
The next category, Gold, includes several new titles, like FIFA 22, Forza Horizon 5, Back 4 Blood, and It Takes Two. The last game came top at The Game Award. However, the old-timers in this category include Final Fantasy XIV Online that has surpassed the publisher’s expectations, Red Dead Redemption 2, Sea of Thieves, Rust, Forza Horizon 4, etc.
In the silver section, 2021 games ruled. They include Halo Infinite, Outriders, Resident Evil Village, and Mass Effect Legendary Edition. However, there are games from last year as well, including Cyberpunk 2077, The Sims 4, Team Fortress 2, and Monster Hunter: World.
Digging deeper reveals some intriguing details. For example, despite being available on its own PC Game Pass offering, Microsoft scored some top positions with its games as well. Three of its games (Forza Horizon 4, Forza Horizon 5, and Sea of Thieves) appeared in the Gold category. Microsoft’s Halo Infinite also charted as a Silver, despite being free-to-play and not having had much time before the cut-off date for generating the report.
Also, EA’s 2019 return to Steam is proving to be lucrative, with four titles ranking in the top 24 games like Apex Legends, Battlefield 2042, FIFA 22, and It Takes Two.
Also, the Steam Winter Sale is discounting many of the titles until January 5th. You can grab games like New World, Sea of Thieves, Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, and Battlefield 2042 at reduced prices.