Sea of Thieves and Forza Horizon 4 & 5 among the best selling games on Steam in 2021

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Today Valve revealed the best selling games on Steam for 2021. In these lists Valve has four categories; platinum, gold, silver and bronze. These are the 100 best selling games of 2021. The listings within these categories are randomized. This means you know a game in the platinum list had more gross revenue than a game in the gold list, but it doesn’t tell you which games in the gold lists had the most gross revenue.

The games with the most gross revenue shouldn’t be a surprise to many, the top twelve grossing games of 2021 are:

  • Apex Legends
  • Battlefield 2042
  • Counter Strike: Global Offensive
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Destiny 2
  • DotA 2
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Naraka Bladepoint
  • New World
  • PUBG Battlegrounds
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Valheim

In the Gold category we see four games published by Microsoft

  • Sea of Thieves
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Forza Horizon 5
  • The Elder Scrolls: Online

In the silver category we find two Microsoft published titles

  • Age of Empires IV
  • Halo Infinite

In the bronze category we find seven additional Microsoft titles

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection
  • Doom Eternal
  • Fallout 76 Night of the Moth
  • The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Special Edition
  • Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition
  • Fallout 4
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator

All in all it has been a good year for Microsoft on Steam, with 12 games in the top 100. Interested in the entire list? Check it out here.


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Great list, elder scrolls missing from gold category though.

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@SuikerBrood missing ESO from Gold

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Both Dota 2 and CS GO in top 12 . No wonder they dont make games anymore .

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I laugh when people bring up Valve selling when they got insane cash cows like this lmao.

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Elder Scrolls Online showing us why this game is going to keep on going even after Elder Scrolls 6 launches. Of course the last update they made a really unpopular choice by making soft taunt not be focused on the first person who attacks, but once they see how unpopular that is ZOS should change that back.

Also super crazy that Halo Infinite made that much money in such a short time.

Good call.


Sea of Thieves is still doing great on consoles as well but is huge imo on PC, I know a lot of people that play the game on PC rather than consoles and it has new content added all the time so it’ll have long legs for sure.

Racing games are big on PC as well, no wonder horizon is popular on steam. Imagine is the game had mod support, it’d sell even more on PC imo if that were the case.

ESO surprises me though, didn’t know it did that well, good game and I play it on Xbox from time to time, bit not my favorite mmo for sure although it has a nice slow pace that I like unlike games like wow that make me feel like I can’t play anything else.

Crazy unfortunate to see Battlefield up there. Such a barebones, unfinished mess.