Despite some missteps — No Man’s Sky, anyone? — 2016 was a pretty good year for gaming. But “good” is relative, and we can all claim that Game X did well or Game Y did poorly or that Game Z did better than both of them. Without numbers to back those assertions up, it’s all speculative and open to interpretation.

Fortunately, for the factual-minded among us, Valve did a little bit of legwork to give us some accurate information regarding how well games performed on Steam in 2016. Over the weekend, it released a list of the top 100 highest-grossing games on the platform for 2016, sorted into four descending categories: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Though games within each category aren’t sorted, and this only counts revenue gained via Steam, these groupings at least give us a little solid info to grade games’ successes this past year.

Out of the 100 games, eight were fully free-to-play:

Platinum: Dota 2
Gold: Warframe, Team Fortress 2
Silver: Smite, War Thunder
Bronze: Knight Online, Tree of Savior, Path of Exile

It should also be noted that Battlerite — currently in paid early access but scheduled for a F2P launch in 2017 — cracked the Bronze tier. Also, both incarnations of the formerly free-to-play H1Z1 made the list — King of the Kill was Gold, while Just Survive was Bronze.

I’m a little surprised to see Team Fortress 2 still maintaining such a high placement on the list. Despite its age, it hasn’t been totally eclipsed by newer hero shooter games. Then again, being a Valve game, it undoubtedly receives 100% of its income from Steam, unlike games like Warframe or Path of Exile, which also have individual client downloads.

Knight Online, though, is a game I wouldn’t have thought to make the list, especially with its 45% positive rating. But sometimes it’s not about how much you’re loved, but how much you can sell; No Man’s Sky is a Platinum game, after all, and it’s probably the least-approved game on the list, at 31%.

Did anything else stand out to you on Valve’s list of highest-grossing games for 2016?

the author

Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. Call of duty sucks on January 2, 2017

    You can play call of duty on steam wtf has this world come to?

    • Call of duty sucks on January 2, 2017

      Also what I forgot to mention is call of duty really made the list? I really don’t get it and never will.

  2. Hantzie on January 2, 2017

    Really? Knight Online? wtf?

    I don’t get it.

    • reed33 on January 8, 2017

      they prob counted the open beta release initial players count when many will try a game out and not the current players average over time numbers in game

      or this is simply a paid advertisement which wouldnt surprise me either