Steam’s Top 100 Best-Sellers Of 2016 Aren’t Surprising At All
(Last Updated On: January 2, 2017)

100 of the top grossing games of 2016 have been listed and categorized by Valve on the Steam store with an accompanying discount for all 100 games. They’ve listed each game as measured by their gross revenue, and filtered them from Platinum down to Bronze.

Over on the Steam news page they outlined the games and where they rank, which you can check out below. Unfortunately they don’t give an actual estimate on the actual gross revenue figures, but if you check the games on Steam Spy you can sort of get an idea of where the top grossing games rank compared to the games in the Bronze category.



  • ARK: Survival Evolved
  • DOOM
  • Stardew Valley
  • Dead By Daylight
  • Warframe
  • Rainbow Six: Siege
  • H1Z1: King of the Kill
  • Team Fortress 2
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  • Stellaris


  • Europa Universalis IV
  • Skyrim
  • Dying Light: The Following
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
  • Payday 2
  • Subnautica
  • Civilization V
  • Rust
  • Heart of Iron IV
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • Smite
  • Watch Dogs 2
  • War Thunder
  • Planet Coaster
  • Cities Skylines
  • Fa Cry Primal

Bronze category has the rest of the games, where titles like Mafia III, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, NBA 2K17, Street Fighter V and Dishonored 2 reside.

The reality is that Steam’s sales charts reveals that big AAA titles aren’t always guaranteed to dominate the gross revenue the way they do on home consoles. We see a more egalitarian approach to the PC market where the merit of sales is based on the quality of the game, barring No Man’s Sky‘s launch of course.

The sales trends also fit in line with Steam’s first annual Awards, where gamers favored half-decade old games over the newer titles released in 2016, revealing that old-school fun trumps new-school politics. I wonder if any of the big studios are looking at the data and at least coming to the common sense conclusion that if games like Portal 2 and Team Fortress 2 are still winning awards in 2016 and making it on the top grossing charts of the year that maybe, just maybe they ought to be fun and innovation before the screeching requests of the social media harpies that seek to do nothing else but drag down brands because they’re too intellectually deficient and creatively bankrupt to make successful new IP on their own?

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  • LurkerJK

    black ops 3 is gold
    infinite warfare is bronze
    … BO3 sold 2 categories more than IW… ouch, just ouch

    btw, fuck no man sky being on platinum, goddamn serial preorderers, i am going to blame the next batch of Early AAAccess games on you

    • Black Ops 3 had its issues, but it’s WAAAAAAY more replayable than Infinite Warfare, especially since it has the four-player co-op campaign mode and customizable characters.

      • durka durka

        True but blops 3 campaign has a lot of filler in it, infinite warefare is more epic.

        • The “filler” in Black Ops 3 was pretty tight. All of it was story-oriented and helped give the player insight into what was really going on, it also setup the eventual fallout between the player-character and their best friend, which was tragic and very well done.

          Infinite Warfare was the one with TONS of filler. In fact, a lot of those side-quests had nothing to do with anything and was just rinse and repeat missions up until the main story missions. Also, they had no idea how to end that game and the whole shipyard missions were tacked on in the most contrived way possible.

          • durka durka

            You mean the ones you got super awesome weapons?

          • That was only one mission. The rest were “Destroy this destroyer. Fly around and destroy these ships. Rescue these soldiers without being spotted.” If you just gave people the general description of those side-missions they would have thought it was Assassin’s Creed in space.

    • durka durka

      Cant say far cry primal is doing any better, activision and ubisoft priced their games much higher than everyone else, when you have all those other games why would you buy them? Activision and ubisoft need to lower their prices, ea thought the problem was steam so they left…now they are left out!!!

      • LurkerJK

        steam has higher prices in general, look in greenman gamming, gog or humble bundle, they are cheaper there

        steam sales havent been that good for more than a year, you can find better prices pretty much everywhere