Steam lists Elder Scrolls Online, Black Desert, and Warframe among 2018’s best sellers


While not technically an awards show, Steam’s “Best of 2018” page effectively serves as one as it looks at the best-selling and most-played titles over this past year.

Many MMORPGs and multiplayer titles populated the best-selling games of 2018, including Elder Scrolls Online, Monster Hunter World, Warframe, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Ark, Black Desert, and Path of Exile.

Grenado Espada (seriously) somehow earned itself a top-grossing revenue spot for new releases on Steam’s platform, and OrbusVR placed in the top ten of virtual reality sales. Over in the early access category, Bless Online and Conan Exiles both enjoyed recognition for their sales this year.

Finally, Monster Hunter World, Path of Exile, Warframe, PUBG, and Realm Royale all netted over 100,000 simultaneous players in 2018. The titles that managed over 50,000 concurrent players included the new Atlas, the revamped No Man’s Sky, and the ever-popular Ark.

Source: Steam. Thanks BalsBigBrother!

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3 years ago

Huh… don’t see FFXIV anywhere. I thought it was a MMO juggernaut!

Steam must be making up their stats ;)

3 years ago

Yet Warframe can’t even get a Best Ongoing nomination at the joke Game Awards.

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3 years ago

The list should more correctly be titled something like “Top Revenue Generators” for 2018. As Valve notes on their page about the rankings, they are all simply stack ranked and arbitrarily put into the various brackets. Being in the Platinum rank just means a game is in the top 12. The top game might have made more money than the rest of the list combined for all we know.

That said, people certainly seem to spend a lot of money on Warframe. But it is also at the top of the list in the “most played” category, so good on them.

3 years ago

yeah, that’s it. On steam after the top few games there’s always a huge falloff.

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3 years ago

They also list Bless online, so pretty much anything that moved more than 10 units got on the list.

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3 years ago
Reply to  Xijit

As I remember Bless Online for a time in its early access stage certainly generated a lot of buzz and noise. I expect that along with that came the good number of early access purchases.

If you mouse over Bless (along with Conan Exiles and the Warhammer game) are the only ones with a mixed review rating while all the rest in the platinum category are either very positive or overwhelmingly positive.

Bless Online generated a good buzz but once that died away it seems that the game didn’t stand up and is reflected in its reviews on steam. That certainly mirrors what I can recall being reported on MOP.

All that said it doesn’t negate the initial sales that it was able to make and that is what the category is early access games that launched and sold well in terms of gross revenue.

(I must admit when I tipped this in I completely overlooked the early access category so didn’t see Bless Online when I first came across this.)