It’s time once again for Valve to peel back the curtain and fill us in on the top games on Steam in 2020. We’ve been monitoring the best-performing free-to-play games on Steam’s yearly list for five years now (in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019), and there’s usually not a lot of movement, either between tiers or in terms of games coming and going from the list. Will this year be any different? Let’s find out!
As usual, these tiers are determined by total revenue, and are broken down as follows: the top 12 (1-12) games are in the Platinum tier, the next 12 (13-24) are Gold, the next 16 (25-40) are Silver, and the remaining 60 (41-100) are Bronze. Here are the F2P titles in Steam’s top 100 of 2020, with their rank from last year in parentheses:
Platinum: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (P), Dota 2 (P), Destiny 2 (P)
Gold: Warframe (P)
Silver: Team Fortress 2 (S), Path of Exile (G), War Thunder (S)
Bronze: Smite (B), Apex Legends, World of Warships (B), Lords Mobile, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links (B)
The most significant changes from last year are perennial favorites Warframe and Path of Exile both slipping one tier from 2019 to 2020, along with Paladins dropping out of the top 100. That title clearly experienced a downturn on Steam in 2020, at least in terms of player count.
That’s one of the other categories Valve provides data for, with lists that tally games that topped at least 200,000 players, 100,000 players, 50,000 players, and 30,000 players. Humorously, the 100k group includes a game that you can no longer buy on the platform: Rocket League, which actually saw better numbers on Steam after it jumped to the Epic Games Store. Dota Underlords, Star Wars: The Old Republic, World of Tanks Blitz, and Unturned also nudged onto the bottom of the chart, eclipsing 30,000 peak players during 2020.
You can check out Steam’s other “Best of 2020” categories, such as top new releases, top VR games, top early access graduates (which includes Kards), and top controller games (which includes Brawlhalla) in the blog post on the Steam website.