These are the games that made the most money on Steam in 2016.


Steam has published a list of the top 100 grossing games on the platform – that is, the games that generated the most raw revenue from sales, DLC, subscription and microtransactions – and it’s pretty interesting for a couple of reasons.

Several 2016 new releases made the “platinum” list: Civilization 6, Dark Souls 3, The Division, No Man’s Sky, Total War: Warhammer and XCOM 2. Notice there are three turn-based strategy games on there, along with a From Software RPG – all games that are considered more hardcore niche than mainstream, and none of which have microtransactions.

2015 releases Fallout 4, GTA 5, Rocket League and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt also reached Platinum status, despite the fact that they must have sold boatloads of copies before 2016 kicked off, and would have been discounted multiple times in 2016. All of them have DLC or add-ons, though.

The remaining platinum level earners are perennials Counter-strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2. Dota 2 is the only free-to-play title in the platinum category, but you’ll see loads more in the following tiers.

We won’t list the full top 100 here, since you can just check ’em out on Steam, but here are the Silver and Bronze tiers:


  1. Ark: Survival Evolved
  2. Arma 3
  3. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  4. Dead by Daylight
  5. DOOM
  6. H1Z1 King of the Hill
  7. Rainbow Six: Siege
  8. Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration
  9. Stardew Valley
  10. Stellaris
  11. Team Fortress 2
  12. Warframe

  1. Cities Skyline
  2. Civilization 5
  3. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
  4. Dying Light: The Following Enhanced Edition
  5. The Elder Scrolls Online
  6. Europa Universalis 4
  7. Far Cry Primal
  8. Hearts of Iron 4
  9. Payday 2
  10. Planet Coaster
  11. Rust
  12. Skyrim
  13. Smite
  14. Subnautica
  15. War Thunder
  16. Watch Dogs 2

Some points I found interesting: Watch Dogs 2 and Far Cry Primal are up there despite narratives of them flopping. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare didn’t chart – but 2015 release Black Ops 3 did. Payday 2 did really well despite the huge backlash to its microtransactions, which Overkill backed away from.


  1. Do you like skipping lunch and dinner? Do you like telling yourself just one more turn? Do you like not having a social life at times, and have people wonder why you’re not answering your phone? Do you need a game that give you an excuse not to go out on the weekends?

    Well Civ V is for you.

    Been playing Civ since its first installment, and have enjoyed this game very much so. Although I wont brand this the best of its kind. I will say the game defintely polishes and adds things that were non-apparent in its previous installments. This game is for you if you enjoy city builders, and management.

  2. sad to see civ only made bronze though.
    severely underrated

  3. ryrozay87

    Received DOOM as a gift for xbone this Christmas and am having a blast. Gorgeous, incredibly smooth experience. The soundtrack! Best single player FPS experience this year.

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