Valve publicly announced Steam’s top-selling and most-played games of the year on its the Best of 2020 website. In a year in which the global pandemic sparked interest in gaming as never before, the following games made it the top 12 digital game storefront (Platinum tier), based on gross revenue:
Among Us / Counter-Strike: Global Offensive / Cyberpunk 2077 / Destiny 2
Dota 2 / Doom Eternal / Fall Guys / Grand Theft Auto V / Monster Hunter World
Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds / Rainbow Six: Siege / Red Dead Redemption II
It is important to keep in mind that the above list is ordered alphabetically and is not meant to indicate some form of ranking. Valve did not disclose any real sales numbers that reflect the actual sales rankings.
It’s also worth mentioning that three of the 12 best-selling games are currently free to download, talking volumes about the success of CS:GO, Dota 2, and Destiny 2. and their ability for their players willingness to invest in their in-game experiences.
Dota 2 and CS:GO are also notable as longtime classics, as these games are less than brand new. These games, along with GTA V, have made it to the Platinum level in all five years that Steam has drawn up these year-end lists, beginning with the inaugural one in 2016.
Steam’s Best of 2020 list also features five additional categories, including New Releases, Most Played, Early Access Ratings, Best of VR, and Controller Titles.
Apart from the sales charts, the Most Played segment is the most reflective of the game’s fame and impact over the year. And in this list, titles like Dota 2, CS: GO, Among Us, PUBG, Destiny 2, Monster Hunter Nation, and GTA V reassert their supremacy by racking up more than 200,000 top concurrent players at some point in 2020.
Valve stated, “How much higher were the peak concurrent numbers for 2020 compared to 2019,” in its Best of 2020 blog.
There is no question that people spent more time indoors on a good part of the year has a lot to do with this phenomenal development.
“Steam saw 12 titles reach more than 100,000 top concurrent players in all of 2019,” Valve stated
“That figure is more than doubled in 2020, with 26 games going over 100,000 players. This rise has occurred around the board, meaning we’ve doubled the size of each bucket by 2020.”
Among the biggest new launches of the year are Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding, Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout—which became a swift favorite in the early months of the lockdown—and the divisive Cyberpunk 2077.
Just in case you’re curious or have forgotten, Among Us—2020’s viral multiplayer sensation—didn’t make the cut between the latest launches since it was initially published in 2018.
This shows that the exposure and profitability of a game don’t necessarily have to come as soon as it is released—though let’s hope it doesn’t take more disastrous global conditions for the next big game to arise.