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Steam Reveals 2023’s Most Popular Games

Steam announces the most popular games on its platform in 2023, including titles ranging from timeless classics to the hottest sensations.

Steam has announced the top 11 most played games of 2023, with famous titles including Counter-Strike 2, Baldur’s Gate 3, and Hogwarts Legacy placing among the top 11. As the year 2023 comes to a close, Steam presents a look back at the games that have dominated the digital sphere, ranging from timeless classics to the current hits.

Steam is a video game digital distribution network that provides a large library of titles for players to buy, download, and play on their computers. Steam, which was created by Valve, also offers multiplayer gaming and community features, positioning itself as a primary location for gamers to enjoy a wide range of games. Steam releases information on the year’s greatest games on an annual basis, offering insights into user preferences and the success of various titles on the platform. This yearly report provides a snapshot of gaming trends, emphasizing the games that have piqued the interest of the Steam community during the year.

The Steam list is divided into four levels. The Platinum Tier is intended for games that have reached the height of popularity, with over 300,000 peak players. The lineup includes both old favorites and newbies. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, and PUBG: Battlegrounds are among the top 11. Goose Goose Duck, Sons of the Forest, Hogwarts Legacy, Baldur’s Gate 3, Destiny 2, Apex Legends, Starfield, and Lost Ark are among the other popular entries.

2023’s Most Popular Steam Games

Platinum Tier (Over 300,000 Peak Players)

  • Apex Legends
  • Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Counter-Strike 2
  • Destiny 2
  • Dota 2
  • Goose Goose Duck
  • Hogwarts Legacy
  • Lost Ark
  • PUBG: Battlegrounds
  • Sons Of The Forest
  • Starfield

Gold Tier (Over 150,000 Peak Players)

  • Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon
  • Call of Duty
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Grand Theft Auto 5
  • Lethal Company
  • Naraka: Bladepoint
  • Path of Exile
  • Resident Evil 4
  • Rust
  • Team Fortress 2
  • The Finals

Silver Tier (Over 80,000 Peak Players)

  • 7 Days to Die
  • ARK: Survival Ascended
  • ARK: Survival Evolved
  • BattleBit Remastered
  • Battlefield 2042
  • Battlefield 5
  • Cities: Skylines 2
  • Dave the Diver
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Don’t Starve Together
  • EA Sports FC 24
  • EA Sports FIFA 23
  • Elden Ring
  • Football Manager 2023
  • Football Manager 2024
  • Left 4 Dead 2
  • Party Animals
  • Phasmophobia
  • Remnant 2
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization 6
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  • Unturned
  • Valheim
  • VPet-Simulator
  • War Thunder
  • Warframe

Bronze Tier (Over 40,000 Peak Players)

  • Age of Wonders 4
  • Cities: Skylines
  • Crab Game
  • DayZ
  • Euro Truck Simulator 2
  • Farlight 84
  • Farming Simulator 22
  • Final Fantasy 14
  • Garry’s Mod
  • Hearts of Iron 4
  • HoloCure – Save the Fans!
  • Hunt: Showdown
  • Last Epoch
  • Lords of the Fallen
  • Love Is All Around
  • Monster Hunter Rise
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • My Hero Ultra Rumble
  • NBA 2K23
  • New World
  • Overwatch 2
  • Payday 2
  • Payday 3
  • Project Zomboid
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Risk of Rain Returns
  • Rocket League
  • Sea of Thieves 2023 Edition
  • Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
  • Stardew Valley
  • Street Fighter 6
  • Terraria
  • The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Special Edition
  • The Forest
  • The Sims 4
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • tModLoader
  • Total War: Warhammer 3
  • V Rising
  • VRChat
  • Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty
  • Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel

The tiers under Platinum showcase games with peaks of over 40,000 players. The Finals, a recent title, shares the stage with timeless masterpieces like Grand Theft Auto 5, demonstrating the latter’s continuing appeal even a decade after its debut in the Gold Tier (over 150,000 Peak Players). The Silver Tier (around 80,000 peak players) contains a variety of gaming genres and historical periods, including Elden Ring, Football Manager, Valheim, and Civilization 6.

Finally, the Bronze Tier (around 40,000 peak players) includes several well-known titles such as Stardew Valley and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. However, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, which will be released in 2023, also makes an appearance at this tier. Simultaneously, Steam unveiled its best-selling titles of 2023, which include some games from the most played list, such as Baldur’s Gate 3 and Hogwarts Legacy.

It’s no surprise that Baldur’s Gate 3 won Game of the Year and appears on both the best-selling and most-played lists. Steam’s discoveries not only honor the titles that characterized the year, but also present a detailed look into the gaming world in 2023.

Staff Writer & Game Analyst. EEE, University of Dhaka

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