The sheer number of games on Steam is overwhelming, and more new ones come out per day than ever before. Despite that, Steam’s upper echelon has calcified, with an Old Guard looking down from the top of the most-played list at all the peasants below.
GitHyp, a tool that tracks Steam’s most-played games (among other things), posted an analysis of the most-played games of 2016. A few findings stand out. First off, if you look at average number of players per hour throughout the year, you get a top five list that looks awfully similar to 2015’s, with zero games that came out in 2016:
Dota 2 / 636,607 avg. players per hour (#1 in 2015) Counter-Strike: Global Offensive / 360,600 avg. players per hour (#2 in 2015) Team Fortress 2 / 50,802 avg. players per hour (#4 in 2015) Grand Theft Auto V / 40,258 avg. players per hour (#5 in 2015) Sid Meier’s Civilization V / 37,885 avg players per hour (#9 in 2015)
Steam users like Valve games. Shocking, I know. But it is surprising to see Civ V gain ground in the year that Civ