Steam put up an official listing of the top 100 moneymakers through its website in 2016. The list separates the biggest from the smallest in categories, the top 12 games being under the Platinum section, followed by the Gold and Silver sections, and Bronze closing the list out.
What’s most surprising is that many of the top-selling games didn’t even come from this year. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was no doubt boosted by its expansive DLC offerings, and the same goes for Fallout 4 and Rocket League. All three games rode their success from 2015 into the following year. DOTA 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive obviously make up two more of the biggest money makers, and the most recent games on the list are No Man’s Sky and Civilization VI.
Dark Souls III had a good year as well despite dropping from a lot of radars shortly after launch, and The Division proved to have legs that carried it the whole year.
Our favorite games of 2016 don’t start to show up until the Gold category with both DOOM and Stardew Valley pulling in serious cash. The Silver isn’t home to anything overly relevant except Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, which had some bad press for the PC build, and Subnautica and Rust, both of which have been in Steam Earl Access for quite some time.
Final Fantasy has some catching up to do
On a personal note, I’d like to see Final Fantasy doing better on Steam, but only two games showed up on the list, and the are both in the Bronze section. Final Fantasy XIV naturally has a subscription plan and is bound to make more money in the long haul, but with games like Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster being a one-time purchase, it doesn’t especially show that the series can destroy sales charts like it does on consoles.
And with Final Fantasy VII, VIII, and IX not appearing in the top 100 at all, it makes me question the allure of the classics to modern Steam gamers.
Let’s see Final Fantasy XV on Steam and see if it can shake these rankings up!