Valve publishes its weekly list of Steam's top-selling games every Sunday. For the third week in a row, that list has been topped by the third-person survival game Valheim. Valheim's placement is no surprise to PC gamers, as its sales numbers have been widely reported and continue to climb, not to mention its popularity on streaming platforms like Twitch. Yet, Valheim isn't the only returning game on Steam's top-sellers list this week, as only one new game has made the climb.
While Valheim is once again the top-ranked game on Steam's list this week, the second-place game is also Tales of Immortal, again. Valheim has been number one for three weeks, but the Chinese indie survival game that isn't localized in English has been number two for four weeks. That goes to show how popular Steam and indie game development is in the growing Chinese market, despite China having its own region-locked version of Steam.
The only brand new game of this week's Steam top-sellers is Persona 5 Strikers at tenth place, which is up for pre-purchase ahead of its February 23 release. The action-game spin-off of the popular JRPG is highly anticipated among the Persona fanbase, and as such it's understandable why it's being pre-purchased even with no benefits to doing so, though the deluxe edition of Persona 5 Strikers does offer early access.
This week's top ten list is finished with many of the same titles that have filled the list over the past several months. After Valheim and Tale of Immortal comes the Valve Index VR Kit, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Rust, Nioh 2 - The Complete Edition, Battlefield 5, Sea of Thieves, and Grand Theft Auto 5. Note that the list is ranked not by overall unit sales, but by revenue. Thus, players shouldn't be surprised if Valheim has another strong performance on Steam's list next week.
Steam is a massive video game digital distribution service ran by Valve, and it keeps getting bigger. Just recently Steam broke its concurrent user record for the third month in a row, as millions use the platform to play video games. Part of the reason why the service may be so popular is because of all of the options. In fact, there are now over 50,ooo games to choose from on Steam in the US.
The library of Stream games is massive and varied. AAA titles like Cyberpunk 2077 are on Steam, as are smaller indies like the newly released and well-received Little Nightmares 2. That vast catalog has added up and finally hit the 50,000 milestone
That astronomical number only includes games that are currently playable on Steam, as opposed to games that have been delisted. There are plenty of titles that have been taken down due to copyright issues, complaints from players, licensing agreements ending, and more.
Back in November, a calculation was made that it would cost about half a million dollars to purchase every game on Steam, Since then, plenty of new games have been made available on the platform, so it is likely that the new estimation would be much higher than even that. While it is unlikely that there is anyone out there willing to shell out that kind of cash, the options are what matters. Simply having that many games to choose from is great for gamers.
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