Steam Unveils Its Best-Selling And Most Popular PC Games Of 2017

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2018 is here, and so Valve is taking a look back at the year that was on Steam. Much as it did last January, it has revealed a list of the best-selling games on the platform, but it's also provided information on some new categories. While it doesn't provide any specific figures, it does give us a snapshot of what proved to be Steam's most popular games in 2017.

This starts with the list of 2017's top sellers, which is determined based on gross revenue earned during the calendar year. Valve provided a list of the top 100 games, which have been divided into Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels (though the exact distinction between these is not explained). Most of the games to reach Platinum were older titles and included the likes of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, Grand Theft Auto V, Rainbow Six Siege, Rocket League, and Dota 2. There were some 2017 releases, too, including Divinity: Original Sin II and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, the latter of which we know has proven to be phenomenally popular.

In terms of players, Valve provided a list of the games with the most concurrent users (meaning those that were online and playing at the same time). PUBG, of course, leads the list, having recently eclipsed the 3 million mark. Eight others also topped the 100,000 mark during the year, including Dota 2, Counter-Strike: GO, Rainbow Six Siege, and Grand Theft Auto V.

Valve also shared a breakdown of new titles, offering a look at the top-grossing newly released games of each month. The number of games shown varies from month to month, and again, there's little insight into what allowed them to qualify. Some months have as many as 16, while June had just five, including Dirt 4, Tekken 7, and Cold Waters.

VR-only games got their own top sellers list (again based on revenue during the year and divided into four tiers). Job Simulator, Superhot VR, and Fallout 4 VR were among those to hit Platinum status. There's also a look at the top-grossing games that left early access in 2017, and while the expected ones like PUBG and Original Sin II show up, the Platinum tier also includes The Long Dark, Slime Rancher, and Ark: Survival Evolved, among others.

You can check out all of Steam's 2017 charts here.

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    Avatar image for Keaze_

    Gamespot we don't all have time to read full articles. You usually include a comprehensive list.




    Please do that.

    Avatar image for Mlee6659

    @Keaze_: Dont have time to read full articles? It takes a couple minutes to read this article lol.

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    @Mlee6659: I was on lunch break at work. Open a couple of news tabs and those 5 minutes add up fast.

    Avatar image for wanderz

    @Keaze_: problem is it's actually 5 lists...

    but not sure why they didn't just put in a link to the actual steam list... so here it is.

    Avatar image for wanderz

    @wanderz: actually technically it's 16 lists.. 1 for each month, and the other 4 mentioned above.

    Avatar image for vanquishre

    Good to see Rainbow Six become one of the best selling on Steam. The gameplay is great and the dev support is amazing.

    Avatar image for RedWave247

    I'm currently in the middle of my FOURTH playthrough of The Witcher 3 after buying it two years ago. I can't think of the last major, AAA game that's grabbed me like this. I fully admit that it's not a perfect game. I understand and agree with the criticisms against it. But the good far outweighs the bad.

    I am beyond excited and antsy for news on Cyberpunk 2077. CD Projekt Red built an amazing amount of goodwill from The Witcher 3 alone. Not just for the quality game, but the constant updates and patches, free DLC, reasonably priced expansion packs that any other publisher would've priced the same as a full game, and offering a DRM free version on GoG. They're basically the anti-EA or WB to me. With only one game and how they treated their fanbase, they earned enough goodwill from me that I'm at least considering pre-ordering Cyberpunk when it's available. Depending on how the gameplay and trailers look, anyway.

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    @RedWave247: Skyrim and Fallout 4 was pretty much like that for me, played those games over and over again. Quantum Break I played a lot of as well.

    Avatar image for greebe55

    Divinity wins on soundtrack alone

    Avatar image for lonesamurai1

    It's pretty much a no brainier to buy any of the Witcher series games on GOG before Steam, and I'll bet sales have been better there (GOG) since the games release, nevermind last year.

    Avatar image for nyran125tk

    I knew when playing the original witcher, the lived in detailed universe(much more so than any elder scrolls game ive ever played , taverns feel like actual taverns, in The Witcher), the in depth characters. This franchise might be something specal..also the main character, is a total winner.

    Avatar image for videogameninja

    How old is The Witcher 3 now? 3 years? Still impressive to see the success it has received on the sales charts despite it not being as mainstream as something like say GTA 5.


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    @videogameninja: Witcher 3 still a garbage boring fictional white mans tale of magic he stole from other cultures.

    Avatar image for mwlizla

    @rarerichz:Absolutely. Slavs have no culture whatsoever of their own. You are the smartest person I've ever seen post on the interwebs.

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    @rarerichz: I agree. Being a white man and straight is unacceptable in this age.

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    @dostunuz: Totally, If only they had a multi cultural gender neutral protagonist. Shame on them.

    Avatar image for Vojtass

    @videogameninja: Three years since release will be in May. TW3 is mainstream like GTA5, it just isn't as popular (according to overall sales results) as Rockstar's game. TW3 won this year, because of very good prices set by CDPR. It's really impressive for single player game.