No Man’s Sky, Dota 2, GTA V make up Steam’s top list of 2016’s 100 Best Selling games
Looks like 2016 still was a good year for No Man’s Sky.
Steam, the highly popular digital distribution platform owned by Valve, has finally released their Top 100 list of top selling titles for 2016 according to their gross sales on the Steam store throughout the year.
While Steam did not divulge any information regarding the actual sale numbers so we may never know which game really tops the whole list, each included video game is presumably grouped according to their sales rank, starting with the Platinum group down to Bronze. The platinum group consists of 2016’s AAA’s such as Grand Theft Auto V, Fallout 4, Dark Souls III and Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, joined together with other titles like Tom Clancy’s The Division, XCom 2, Total War: Warhammer, Rocket League and Civilization VI. Also included in the Platinum list is the much controversial indie game title, No Man’s Sky which received a lot of criticism during the course of its release for failing to deliver on many of its promised gameplay mechanics, although developer Hello Games looks to win back the crowd with their planned series of updates, first of which is the Foundation update which lets players build bases.
Completing the Platinum rank are Valve’s very own competitive video game titles, Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2 which managed to churn out huge revenues for Valve thanks to its crowd sourcing campaign, dubbed as the Compendium system, which Valve uses to sell digital merchandise and even fund its prestige Dota 2 tournaments such as the annual The International Dota 2 Championships. Dota 2 has become one of Valve’s biggest titles sales-wise with one proof being the ever growing prize pool of TI, which last year surpassed the USD 20 million mark thanks to the Compendium system.
Other notable inclusions to last year’s Top 100 Best Sellers list include Call of Duty Black Ops III, DOOM and Rise of the Tomb Raider which sits at the Gold Rank, Farcry Primal, Deus Ex Mankind Divided and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim which are grouped together at Silver, and Mafia III, Dishonored 2, NBA 2k17 and Terraria at Bronze.