Top 100 Steam Games of 2016 (by revenue)


#1

I don’t remember seeing anything official like this in years past, so found it rather interesting. Placement within tiers on Steam was random so I alphabetized.

Platinum (1-12)
  • Civilization VI
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Dark Souls III
  • Dota 2
  • Fallout 4
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Rocket League
  • The Witcher III
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division
  • Total War: Warhammer
  • XCOM 2
Gold (13-24)
  • ARMA III
  • Ark: Survival Evolved
  • Call of Duty Black Ops III
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Doom
  • H1Z1: King of the Kill
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Stardew Valley
  • Stellaris
  • Team Fortress 2
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  • Warframe
Silver (25-40)
  • Cities Skylines
  • Civilization V
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
  • Dying Light
  • Elder Scrolls Online
  • Elder Scrolls V - Skyrim
  • Europa Universalis IV
  • Farcry Primal
  • Hearts of Iron IV
  • Payday 2
  • Planet Coaster
  • Rust
  • Smite
  • Subnautica
  • War Thunder
  • Watch_Dogs 2
Bronze (41-100)
  • 7 Days to Die
  • Age of Empires II HD
  • American Truck Simulator
  • Astroneer
  • Battlefleet Gothic: Armada
  • Battlerite
  • Borderlands 2
  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  • Crusader Kings II
  • Darkest Dungeon
  • DayZ
  • Dishonored
  • Dishonored 2
  • Divinity: Original Sin
  • Don’t Starve Together
  • Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen
  • Dragonball Xenoverse 2
  • Elite Dangerous
  • Endless Legend
  • Euro Truck Simulator 2
  • Factorio
  • Farcry 4
  • Farming Simulator 17
  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
  • Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster
  • Firewatch
  • Football Manager 2016
  • Football Manager 2017
  • Garry’s Mod
  • Grim Dawn
  • H1Z1: Just Survive
  • Hitman
  • Just Cause 3
  • Kerbal Space Program
  • Knight Online
  • Left 4 Dead 2
  • Life is Strange
  • Mafia III
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • NBA 2K17
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
  • Path of Exile
  • Rimworld
  • Scrap Mechanic
  • Slime Rancher
  • Squad
  • Starbound
  • Steam Controller
  • Street Fighter V
  • Terraria
  • The Culling
  • The Forest
  • The Sims 3
  • Total War: Attila
  • Total War: Rome II
  • Train Simulator 2017
  • Tree Savior
  • Undertale
  • Youtubers Life

Biggest surprises for me are Rocket League in the top tier, and Team Fortress 2 still being such a huge cash cow after all these years – I honestly expected most of that revenue had moved on to Dota, CSGO, and Overwatch.


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#2

TF2 is easy to explain, people love hats!

NoMansSky in that Platinum tier, so many pre-orders and tears.

Age of Empires 2 HD, now that is some impressive longevity!

Who the heck is still buying L4D2, wasn’t it free for everyone like 2 years ago?


#3

You idiots buying The Division have sealed our fate!


#4

If you didn’t buy a single title in the top 40, does that revoke your license as a PC gamer? oO


#5

Huge year for Rim World - one developer - ~$10 million after everyone gets their cut.

ARK is definitely doing quite well still.


#6

Highest I come in is at 20 with Stardew Valley. And then further down the next that I own is Cities: Skylines.

PC has a deep, deep bench. You could skip everything on this list and play good games forever.


#7

Warframe in Gold. Interesting.


#8

Battleborn landed exactly where I expected.


#9

I’ve two Platinum (Civ VI and Witcher 3 [on GoG]), no Gold, three Silver (Civ V, Skyrim, EU IV), and a scattering of Bronze. I feel I don’t care for many of the games that make top grossing seller lists. Which probably means I save money, so yay for me?


#10

And by that you mean not on the list? :p


#11

Glad to hear this, but where do you get the $10M figure? No doubting it, just don’t know where it is from.


#12

Steam Spy shows 470k copies owned, and it’s never been discounted or bundled. That’s ~$14M gross, so just a bit under $10M after Steam takes their cut.


#13

It’s from my butt…seriously. Just doing the math and fudging it a little. RW has ~470K owners to date according to Steam Spy. RW has never been discounted. There are also some pricey premium packages to it as well, but let us ignore those and just take the core price of $30 and also forget he sells some non-DRM and minus the $9 Valve takes for a total $21 per unit - That yields $9,870,000. If you look at the game, the expenditures beyond his own time (didn’t he take a 6 month hiatas?) are very small so the vast majority of it is split between him and Uncle Justin Trudeau - but it still counts as earnings by that point.


#14

I’m happy to see that The Elder Scrolls Online did so well on Steam. The game has improved so much from its early state, and that degree of effort should be rewarded.