The Steam Top 100 page no longer exists.The old useful list of Steam’s most popular games by concurrent players has been replaced by a deeper, richer list attractive ranking (opens in new tab). You can still see the most played games right now, but now you can also sort games by daily unique players and their earnings.
The new Steam stats page is called “Steam Charts”, which can lead to some confusion as there is already a useful site called Steam Charts (www.steamcharts.com (opens in new tab)) uses the Steam API to provide more comprehensive concurrent player data than is displayed by Steam itself. Steam Charts is still a useful site – I use it all the time – but it’s hard to distinguish it from Valve’s official stats page in Google search results. C’est la vie, I guess!
The most notable addition to Steam’s new Steam Leaderboards page is the Top Selling Games chart. Valve has been sharing monthly sales charts for a while, but with these weekly charts, its journey Billboard Hot 100 (opens in new tab) The realm is finally over. Like the famous song rankings, Steam’s top grossing chart shows where a game has risen or fallen since last week’s chart. It’s easy to imagine talking about a “top chart-topping game” or a game that’s “topped the Steam charts for four weeks in a row” — more modern versions of these old NPD game sales reports, whenever console warriors beef up their exclusives , this will happen.
Bestsellers are based on all revenue earned through Steam, not just units sold, and thus include free games (provided they make a lot of money through DLC or in-game deals). For example, Apex Legends is now number three. Cyberpunk 2077 is number four on the list, which tells us that with the release of the Netflix anime, it’s not just people returning to the game; people are buying it. Of course, we’re happy to see Trombone Champ at No. 12.
Steam has had a top-grossing chart long before that — a category on the store’s homepage — but the presence of these new charts and the fact that they’re archived weekly may add to their power. Focusing on player count is already a popular PC gaming pastime, and I can’t imagine this new billboard-style chart being taken by anyone trying to prove that one game is better, deadlier, or more profit-driven than another use.
And a small note about the existing bestseller list: it obviously uses a different ranking system.exist a new blog post (opens in new tab)Valve said the top-grossing store category will begin using “a new way to calculate revenue” designed for these Steam graph reports.
Another small but interesting change is the new option to sort the list of concurrent players by “daily players”. Instead of ranking Steam games based on the number of people currently playing the game, Valve said the daily player setting “ranks games based on the total number of unique players over the past 24 hours.”
This changes the situation considerably. Games that are more popular in timezones other than my own, like PUBG, jump out a few places when I switch to the daily player view. Grand Theft Auto 5 and Cyberpunk 2077 also jumped to the top. Meanwhile, Team Fortress 2 dropped by 19 when I looked at daily uniques instead of concurrent – that means many TF2 instances running at the same time, but more people playing Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel every day. I won’t jump to any unsupported conclusions, but it’s certainly an odd statistic.