Steam has jumped onto the year in review bandwagon and produced some interesting stats about the most popular games on the Valve-owned digital storefront.
As a gauge of what is popular among gamers, Steam is uniquely positioned to offer a well-rounded take on the state of PC gaming. As such, we can extrapolate that these titles were among the most popular in 2019.
Steam uses 100,000 simultaneous players as a benchmark for entry to the highest tier , and for that reason, only 12 titles have made the cut.
These are Warframe, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Grand Theft Auto V, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, Dota 2, Path of Exile, Dota Underlords, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Destiny 2, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Total War Three Kingdoms, and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege.
We jump down a tier to 50,000 simultaneous players tier with 19 titles, including Red Dead Redemption 2, No Man’s Sky, Rust, Devil May Cry 5, Resident Evil 2 Remake, and Monster Hunter World. From there, we move down to 25,000, and 15,000 simultaneous players and the list grows exponentially longer.
The 2019 top-selling games on Steam understandably match those of the 100,000 players tier but with a few additional titles like Civilization VI and Monster Hunter World joining in. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt saw a surge of interest attributed to the excellent Netflix adaptation. CD Projekt Red’s epic open-world adventure is among the 25 best selling games of 2019.
Today, Steam finally published the results of its more or less month-long Steam Awards poll. The results are based on player choice and are pretty democratic as far as year end awards go.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice takes home the game of the year award, much as it did at The Game Awards. Beat Saber is the VR game of the year. Grand Theft Auto V lands the labor of love award, which rewards on-going games.
DayZ picks up the ‘better with friends’ award. Most innovative game play goes to balletic shoot ’em up My Friend Pedro. A Plague Tale: Innocence wins a well deserved outstanding story-rich game award.
Mortal Kombat is the best game you suck at as voted by Steam’s gamers. Finally, gorgeous platformer Gris duly picks up the outstanding visual style nod.