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How much money did Steam’s best-sellers earn in 2016?

No Man's Sky reportedly made $43.2M on Steam

No Man's Sky
No Man's Sky
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Steam Spy released its annual independent PC games sales analysis, showing estimated revenues for the top-selling games on Steam in 2016. The highest earners include Sid Meier’s Civilization 6, Dark Souls 3 and Doom.

The report, compiled by game developer Sergey Galyonkin, is based on estimates of PC game sales through Steam. Galyonkin points out that his numbers come from a variety of sources, sampling from a limited number of Steam’s more than 125 million users every minute, and they are “not 100 percent accurate.” But given a lack of hard data on game sales from retailers or publishers, these estimates offer useful insights. His stats are generally well respected, though not without controversy.

Steam Spy’s estimated revenue ranking pretty closely matches information Steam creator Valve published earlier this week. Though Steam Spy doesn’t include some free-to-play top-earners, like Dota 2, Team Fortress 2 and Warframe, in its top 25.

Steam Spy says that the top-earning new game last year was Civilization 6, with estimated income of $78.9 million. Dark Souls 3 brought in $63.6 million. Rise of the Tomb Raider raised $54.8 million while Doom managed $55.4 million.

Indie hit No Man's Sky made $43.2 million on PC, a figure that accounts for refunds, according to Steam Spy. Indie farming smash Stardew Valley brought in $24.3 million, more than Dishonored 2, Mafia 3 or Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.

Older games are still strong sellers in the PC market. Grand Theft Auto 5 made $73.6 million last year while perennial hit Counter-Strike: Global Offensive made $67.1 million. Here’s Steam Spy’s full breakdown chart.


Steam recently launched a page showing its top sellers, though without any hard data and vague, tiered rankings. Certain popular PC games, such as EA titles and Overwatch, are not available on Steam.

Steam Spy says that the Steam paid-game market brought in an annual $3.5 billion, which is about static with 2015's figures.

For more, read the entire post at Steam Spy.