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Steam Reveals Top 100 Best-Selling PC Games of 2016

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Directly following their large annual winter sale Valve has presented their top 100 highest grossing games of the year on Steam. The best-sellers are broken up into multiple tiers, from platinum to gold. Best-sellers include a list of the biggest releases of the year, such as XCOM 2, Civilization VI, and The Division, as well as older main-stays like Counter-Strike and Grand Theft Auto V.

The following 12 games make up the “Platinum” category, representing the highest grossing games of the year on Steam (presented here alphabetically).

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Dark Souls III
  • DOTA 2
  • Fallout 4
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Rocket League
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization VI
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division
  • Total War: Warhammer
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • XCOM 2

Interesting to see No Man’s Sky up there, with its widespread criticisms and reports of mass refunds. Despite its incredibly rocky launch and controversy over content, the game sold remarkably well. Also funny to see both Dishonored and its new sequel in the Bronze category. A lot of folks waited until now to jump into the series.

DOTA 2, valve’s in-house MOBA, remains very popular as well. It’s also free to play, meaning enough people bought in-game loot to make DOTA 2 one of the highest grossing games of the year.

Valve doesn’t publish or make public any actual sales numbers. These best-seller lists are the best indicator we have of PC gaming on the world’s largest digital service.

The Steam Awards also wrapped up at the end of the winter sale. Users voted each day in a number of multiple choice categories. Here are the winners:

  • Villain Most In Need of a Hug: Portal 2
  • I Thought This Game Was Cool Before It Won An Award: Euro Truck Simulator 2
  • Test of Time: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Just 5 More Minutes: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • “Whoooaaaaaa, dude!”: Grand Theft Auto V
  • Game Within A Game: Grand Theft Auto V
  • I’m Not Crying, There’s Something In My Eye: The Walking Dead
  • Best Use of a Farm Animal: Goat Simulator
  • Boom Boom: DOOM
  • Love/Hate Relationship: Dark Souls III
  • Sit Back and Relax: Euro Truck Simulator 2
  • Better With Friends: Left 4 Dead 2
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Steam Winter Sale and The Steam Awards Begin Today

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There are many Steam sales throughout the year – it’s one of PC gaming’s highest perks. But none more exciting than the end of the year Steam Winter Sale. It’s the best time to pick up any games you’ve been waiting on. And if you’re getting a new PC or upgrades this holiday, you can kiss your wallet goodbye.

As per the last few years, the Steam sales have scaled down their daily events and mini-games. Now it’s just down to the sale itself, which lasts for ten days, ending January 2nd, 2017.

A number of major 2016 releases are deeply discounted. Highlighted deals for the Steam Winter Sale include:

  • Doom (2016) $19.79 (67% off)
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division $24.99 (50% off)
  • Just Cause 3 $14.99 (75% off)
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided $19.79 (67% off)
  • Watch_Dogs 2 $40.19 (33% off)
  • Dark Souls III $29.99 (50% off)
  • Dishonored 2 $40.19 (33% off)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Game of the Year Edition $29.99 (40% off)

The big difference this year is that the Steam Store has received some nice upgrades over the year to help curate the massive influx of games on Steam.

The first thing you’ll see are the highlighted deals, tailored to your gaming preferences. The Steam Store also has a few pre-set lists to browse through, such as “Old School Gems” and “Niche Favorites.” Finally you can earn two trading cards each day that you browse through your Discovery Queue twice, which is a custom list of games Steam thinks you’d be interested in.

Also happening alongside the Steam Winter Sale are the new Steam Awards. Each day of the Winter Sale a new multiple-choice category will be available to vote. Today’s is “Villain Most In Need of a Hug.” Finalists in each category were chosen by the Steam community during the Steam Autumn Sale. Each time you vote you can earn a trading card for The Steam Awards badge.