Steam Reveals “Best of” List for 2021

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It’s that time once again when Steam show’s the best of the best of the year. There are some interesting results, particularly in the Top Sellers of 2021. Overall, a total of six lists but we’re only taking a peek at three of them.

Now in the “Best of” list, Steam puts the games into these categories:

  • Platinum: 1st to 12th
  • Gold: 13th to 24th
  • Silver: 25th to 40th
  • Bronze: 41st to 100th

Top Sellers

This list refers to games that have earned the most revenue for the year. For this year, three games in the Top 12 have been on the list for six straight years, since the list was made. These are Grand Theft Auto V, CS: GO, and Dota 2. Then again, it’s not that surprising to learn that Dota 2 is part of the list considering what it earns every TI.

That’s not all since two of the games have been on the Top Sellers list for five straight years. These are PUBG: Battlegrounds and Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege. Meanwhile, Destiny 2 makes an appearance for the third consecutive year.

The remaining six games are first-timers with four of them being released this year. Those four are:

  • Valheim (February)
  • Naraka: Baldepoint (August)
  • New World (September)
  • Battlefield 2042 (November)

Most Played Games

This is all about having the highest number of players. To be fair, Steam did not include player spikes resulting from free weekends and giveaways to name a few. Under this condition, games in Platinum have at least 200,000 players.

Valheim, Cyberpunk 2077, and New World are the only games launched in 2021 to make the list. The rest include the likes of Dota 2, Apex Legends, PUBG, and GTA V.

New Releases

For this category, Steam looked into the Top 25 and ranked them based on the revenue generated through the first two weeks of their launch. The highest is in November with five games released, compared to November 2020 with only one title released.

The top releases include Battlefield 2042, New World, Farming Simulator 22, and Valheim.

Learn more about the different categories here.

What about you? What was your most played game?

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