Steam's Most Popular Games in 2016 Weren't New Games
Remember all the great games that were released throughout 2016? Yeah, well none of those games were in Steam's top 5 most played games of the year.
According to GitHyp, a site that tracks things such as Steam's most played games, this is the list of Steam's most played games during the 2016 calendar year.
- Dota 2 / 636,607 Average players per hour (released 2013)
- Counter-Strike: Global Offense / 360,600 Average players per hour (released 2012)
- Team Fortress 2 / 50,802 Average player per hour (released 2007)
- Grand Theft Auto V / 40,258 Average players per hour (PC version released 2015)
- Sid Meier's Civilization V / 37,885 Average players per hour (released 2010)
This lines up pretty well with the games that players talk about often, games that still sell well, and games that are still pretty big in the eSports world. It's crazy to see Team Fortress 2, a game that is now a decade old, remain at the number 3 spot. Of course this list only represents Steam games, so if it included all PC games, perhaps titles like Overwatch, League of Legends, and Minecraft would have made that list.
Now in terms of 2016 games that had the highest peak of players at one point, there were some 2016 titles that made that list, including: No Man's Sky, Dark Souls 3, and XCOM 2.
Ultimately this proves that PC gamers are a bunch of nerds, and are fixated with playing a few elite games above anything else. Only joking, but this data is extremely interesting, seeing as in the console space, newer games tend to consume the most amount of gamer's time (except maybe GTA V, that's huge on every platform).