Steam Unveils its Top Sellers of 2016

Published: January 2, 2017 9:30 AM /


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To cap off its Winter Sale and to help ring in the New Year, Steam has posted its top 100 grossing games of last year. The specific ranking of the top 100 isn’t provided, but they are lumped into metallic categories (Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze). Even though they aren’t numerically listed, there are some interesting tidbits to take note of.

Out of the twelve platinum sellers, only half were released in 2016. Seeing DOTA 2 and CS:GO remain in the highest echelon isn’t surprising, with hordes of players happy to keep buying in-game items. Some titles that are typically available at a discount, like Fallout 4 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, were likely able to make the top tier with boosts from new DLC.

Even though Team Fortress 2 will be a decade old later this year, it still held strong in the gold ranking alongside new fan favorites like DOOM and Stardew Valley. Indie darling Firewatch was surprisingly only able to make it into the bronze level of sales, but it has good company with some classics like Age of Empires II:  HD Edition and Terraria, as well as the troubled port of Dishonored 2.

Most of the top sellers are also getting a lot of playtime according to the unofficial rankings at Steam Spy. It’s odd that Paladins doesn’t make an appearance on Steam’s list, but sits comfortably at number eight on the playtime rankings–surrounded by other games that hit gold and platinum sales.

Since the Winter Sale is ongoing, you can start adding to the gross sales of these games for 2017 and pick up any that you’ve missed out on so far. Only a few on the list aren’t on sale, but they top out in price at twenty bucks.

Did you notice anything unexpected in these sales rankings? Do you think any of this year’s releases will make next year’s list, or be as evergreen as Team Fortress 2 and still make the charts in 2027? Let us know in the comments.

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