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January 2, 2024
Best of Steam 2023: Some surprises on top selling game list

Steam, the video game platform, has released its annual summary. In a tumultuous year for gaming, there are some reassuringly familiar faces, some expectations met, and some list entries that nobody could have predicted.

The Valve-owned storefront states that the list covers 1 Jan 2023 to 15 Dec 2023. They also note that certain specifics like revenue are kept private, so games have been grouped together and then randomly organized within sets, so we get a rough idea of performance without them revealing too much detail.

While no-one will be shocked to see Baldur’s Gate 3 and Starfield scooping up accolades left and right, Endnight Games’ Sons of the Forest is an indie game still in early access. The sequel to the 2014 game The Forest, Sons of the Forest is only Endnight’s second game. Set to launch in Feb 2024, the indie game already has a devoted fanbase and was a true under-the-radar success story this year.

Top Sellers

These are the nine games with the highest gross revenue in 2023:

Sons of the Forest
PUBG Battlegrounds (Free to Play)
Starfield
Lost Ark (Free to Play)
Destiny 2 (Free to Play)
Call of Duty HQ (CoD Modern Warfare 2 & 3, and Warzone)
Baldur’s Gate 3 – this year’s Game of the Year
Cyberpunk 2077
Dota 2 (Free to Play)

New Releases

These are the 11 games released in 2o23 that earned the highest revenue in the first two weeks after launch:

Remnant 2
Armored Core VI
Street Fighter 6
Jedi Survivor
Cities Skylines 2
Resident Evil 4 (remaster)
Starfield
Sons of the Forest
Payday 3
EA Sports FC 24
Baldur’s Gate 3

Most Played

These eight games all broke the sought-after 300,000 concurrent players mark on Steam in 2023:

Starfield
Lost Ark
Sons of the Forest
Goose Goose Duck
Dota 2
Destiny 2
PUBG Battlegrounds
Baldur’s Gate 3

Early Access

The highest revenue games that fully launched out of early access in 2023:

Everspace 2
Dave the Diver
My Time at Sandrock
Against the Storm
Disney Dreamlight Valley
Farlight 84
Baldur’s Gate 3
Demonologist
Sun Haven
War Tales
Marvel Snap
Ready or Not

Steam Deck

The most played games on the Steam Deck console in 2023, measured by daily active player counts throughout the year:

Elden Ring
Half-Life
Dave the Diver
Grand Theft Auto 5
Armored Core VI
Baldur’s Gate 3
Resident Evil 4 (remaster)
Vampire Survivors
Cyberpunk 2077
Starfield

Controller Friendly

The games with the highest unique number of controller users in 2023:

Resident Evil 4 (remaster)
Call of Duty HQ (CoD Modern Warfare 2 & 3, and Warzone)
EA Sports FIFA 23
NBA 2K23
Street Fighter 6
Elden Ring
EA Sports FC 24
Armored Core VI
Starfield

VR

The top VR-only games based on revenue in 2023:

BONEWORKS
Five Nights at Freddy’s: Help Wanted 2
Gorilla Tag
Ghosts of Tabor
Blade and Sorcery
Pavlov
Beat Saber
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
BONELAB

Featured image credit: Screenshot of Steam

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