Steam’s top sellers of 2019 include several MMORPGs and MMOs


Steam’s top sellers list for 2019 is out, and sitting prominently among the big money makers for the digital storefront are a number of MMORPGs, MMOs, and large-scale multiplayer titles. Whether this information is a useful barometer of the genre’s health, a fun bit of trivia to stuff into your skull for later retrieval, or a totally useless talking point is up for the comments section to mull over (or maybe our Daily Grind).

Among the platinum tier sellers are The Elder Scrolls Online, Warframe, Dota 2, Destiny 2, and PUBG, while Final Fantasy XIV and Path of Exile sit comfortably at the Gold section and games like Black Desert, ARK, and War Thunder round out the Silver section. There are some multiplayer titles hanging out in the Bronze section as well, such as World of Warships, No Man’s Sky, Paladins, and Smite.

The most simultaneous players section also provides some interesting insight into the MMO and multiplayer habits of Steam users. Destiny 2, Dota 2, and Path of Exile are listed among titles with over 100k simultaneous players; No Man’s Sky and ARK are hanging out in the 50k-plus players club; and FFXIV, Paladins, and World of Tanks: Blitz are in the over 25k players section. Overall, it was a pretty good year for our part of the gaming world.

source: Steam

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Jeremy Barnes

Black Desert is on sale like 90% of the time for $5


The worst part: the quality of gameplay in those top sellers is bad. Like, really boring. No wonder I’ve seen “a Pavlovian Dog” post in r/Games/ where the person said s/he cannot play modern MMO games without constantly being fed minuscule rewards (season passes) which substituted a quality gameplay and progression.

Game devs (successfully!) treat their auditory as a bunch of animals who prefer a lot of cheap chew to a high quality (but limited) product – that’s what top seller rating shows.

At the same time I’ve played Anthem, Control, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, BDO for hundreds hours without any rewards or gear progression – just because they look good and combat is actually fun.


Maaaaan, if only those top-sellers looked like Anthem and were single, amirite? That would be perfect!


Here is a tip.
Don’t read rants on reddit.
It will improve your experience immensely, instead of parroting someone else’s opinion, how certain games treat you like sh*t.
There is a reason why these games are top sellers, so your statement that the quality is bad and they are boring does not really hold true, even if you don’t like them. Which is why I disagree with you in the first place.
Just like I personally hate BDO system, or I perceive Anthem as very boring, that does not mean I consider them bad. I am simply not their audience, and I am content with it.
Good for you that you like these games ;)


We tend to be value shoppers.