In an industry notorious for being hugely secretive about how well its own products are doing, we like really good, crunchy data. And with a Steam Stats review today, Valve is giving us just that.
It’s now called Steam Charts, replacing Steam Stats, and like the old version, it still shows off the most popular games on the platform. But unlike Stats, Charts has the tools to zoom in on what makes that popularity possible.
For context, the old Stats page focused mainly on top games based on moment-to-moment player count, with Valve regularly providing separate bestseller lists by genre and other factors. Charts puts all this in one place.
The main page shows the best-selling games on Steam right now, as well as the most played moment-to-moment based on player count. There are also lists of the current best-selling games and weekly top sellers by revenue, with an indication of changes in the chart from week to week, as well as how many weeks a game has been out, how much it costs, and whether it’s on sale now. .
You can also sort charts by region for regional bestsellers. All this is done through earnings, so free-to-play games with microtransactions are included, and extra bits like DLC and season passes are taken into account.
Unfortunately, the total monthly top releases are still randomized, making it harder to pinpoint the best-selling games from month to month.
While you might not care much about this if you’re not a numbers freak (like me, sorry), the real benefit of better data is that people who are can view game sales trends with a little more rigor and draw actionable conclusions from them. can pull.
It’s helpful for people who make and publish games to see what’s going well or not, perhaps helping them fund games and genres that they previously had no intention of supporting. It can help content creators see what people are playing and discover cool, surprising games that may not get the attention they deserve on websites like this one.
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