Steam Blog - Alden

Yesterday we revealed the top-selling and top-played games of 2018 across all of Steam. In building those year-end lists, we also became curious as to which games were most popular with different kinds of controllers. We know from past analysis, that a lot of players on Steam have used a controller of some kind to play a game (36.7 Million players at last count). And we know that not every game works equally as well with each model of controller, so we wanted to put together some guides to help find the games that you might enjoy most with the particular kind of controller that you have.

With that in mind, we've put together a set of pages to highlight the most popular games being played with each of the most common controller models: Top Games played with Xbox controllers (including a huge range of 3rd party controllers that are very similar), Top games played with PlayStation controllers, Top games played with Steam Controllers, and finally Top Games Played With Nintendo Switch Pro controllers.

Each page is broken down into three sections:

Most Popular:
Each page starts off highlighting the 50 games most popular with that controller. To build this list, we looked at the number of minutes played in each game with each type of controller. We divided that by the number of days that game was available in 2018 so as to avoid under-counting the popularity of games released in the middle or later half of 2018. What we ended up with was a list of generally popular games that also have really good controller support for each kind of controller. If you are looking for a popular game to play with a controller, these are going to be a great place to start.

We found it interesting that many of the most popular games show up as played a lot with all four controller types. This is great and means that those games have excellent support built in for most controllers.


Most Unique:
The next thing we wanted to know was what particular games had bigger audiences using one controller type versus another controller type. This would indicate that either the game didn't support all controllers equally, or that the game was somehow of greater interest to the demographic of players that own a particular type of controller.

So we looked for the set of games that were most uniquely popular among players with one controller type, and came up with a list of the top 15 titles for each.


Local Multiplayer:
Finally, we thought it would be interesting to highlight the games that we see being played with more than one controller at a time, demonstrating that the game is popular as a local multiplayer game. If you have a couple of controllers and are looking for some split-screen or shared-screen games to play with a friend, these are some rock-solid choices.


Check out the full lists here:


Cheers,
-The Steam Team

PS: If you happen to be one of the roughly 700 people that have figured out how to plug dance pads into your PC and are looking for something to play, our analysis shows that you should probably just play Crypt of the NecroDancer or The Metronomicon.
Steam Blog - molly
Today we're unveiling lists of the top selling and top played games on Steam in 2018! Like last year, we've built five lists - Top Sellers, Top New Releases, Top Selling VR Titles, Top Early Access Grads, and Most Played Games.



Top Sellers
We started with the basics by looking at overall Top Sellers. This is a list of the games that earned the most revenue in 2018, which includes all different kinds of Steam revenue; game sales, in-game transactions, and DLC. The resulting list includes a mix of free-to-play and premium games.

Here's the list of Top Selling Games of 2018!


Top New Releases
This page highlights the 150 top-selling games released in 2018, split out by their month of release. To build this list, we looked at a combination of first-week revenue and overall revenue in 2018 to create a list of games that had achieved a sizable level of commercial success, regardless of when during the year each title released.

We find it pretty interesting how much variation there is from month to month. For example, December is a busy month and a lot of activity to compete with, so it's understandable that it might be a less desirable month to release in. But April only had 5 releases that made our list and July only had 6, whereas February was the busiest month with 22 popular releases.

Here's the list of Top Selling New Releases of 2018!


Top Selling VR Titles
This year again saw over 1,000 new releases with Virtual Reality support, with almost all of those (over 900) being VR-only experiences. Top VR sellers included new releases such as Beat Saber, Blade & Sorcery, Budget Cuts, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR, plus some of last-year's top hits including Fallout 4 VR and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality. There were even some classics appearing in top for the third year in a row, such as RAW DATA and Arizona Sunshine.

Our list this year highlights the leading VR titles by sharing the 100 top selling VR titles of 2018, plus a new section on the page for the top 20 VR releases of 2018.

Here's the list of Top Selling VR Titles of 2018!


Top Early Access Grads
This year's batch of notable titles launching through Steam Early Access includes the hugely popular games Raft and SCUM, and the VR-only experience Beat Saber. Meanwhile many popular titles such as DayZ, The Forest, and RimWorld made their transition from Early Access to full release in 2018.

We wanted to recognize the games that have worked hard to build happy communities and make the transition from Early Access to full release this year. So, we've put together a list of the top 50 games that transitioned out of Early Access to full release during 2018, as measured by revenue earned during 2018 (during Early Access and after full release).

Here's the list of Top Early Access Grads of 2018!


Most Played Games
The Most Played Games list contains games that had more than 15,000 simultaneous players at some point during the year. To fully recognize the games that have built a significant community and player base, we've excluded a number of games that only had short-term spikes in player count due to running giveaways.

Here's the list of Most Played Games of 2018!


Notes:
We don't disclose specific revenue for the lists, but top sellers are broken into four categories in order to give you an idea of how they placed:

Platinum: 1st - 12th Top Seller
Gold: 13th - 24th Top Seller
Silver: 25th - 40th Top Seller
Bronze: 41st - 100th Top Seller

Thanks for reading, and for another great year on Steam! We're constantly surprised by the amazing new games that seem to come out of nowhere, delight their audiences and end up on these lists (and in our Steam libraries) by year-end.

Also, don't forget to check out the Steam Winter Sale, on now through January 3rd. Many of the titles in the lists above are on great discounts, and these lists are a great way to see which games were resonating the most with players this year.

-The Steam Team
Steam Blog - molly


Happy Day 5 of the Steam Winter Sale!

We've got daily surprises for you at Steam's Extremely Cozy Cottage of Surprises, which... sure is taller than it looked at first glance? Weird.

Click on a new door each day to reveal unique Steam Community emoticons, wallpapers and DLC from community-favorite Steam games, as well as some nostalgic collectible items of questionable quality from us. Head over to the Cozy Cottage FAQ to learn more about how it all works.

The Winter Sale is also a great time to complete your collection - there's a good chance that bundle you've been eyeing is an even better deal!

Browse the most popular bundles of 2018

Happy Holidays!
The Steam Team
Product Release - Valve
ATLAS is Now Available on Steam Early Access and is 17% off!*

ATLAS: The ultimate survival MMO of unprecedented scale with 40,000+ simultaneous players in the same world. Join an endless adventure of piracy & sailing, exploration & combat, roleplaying & progression, settlement & civilization-building, in one of the largest game worlds ever! Explore, Build, Conquer!

*Offer ends January 2nd at 10AM Pacific Time

Redout: Enhanced Edition - Valve
Today's Deal: Save 80% on Redout: Enhanced Edition and its DLCs!*

Look for the deals each day on the front page of Steam. Or follow us on twitter or Facebook for instant notifications wherever you are!

*Offer ends Sunday at 10AM Pacific Time
Product Update - Valve
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:

  • Updated cp_gullywash_final1 to fix func_rotating entities not working in the skybox
  • Updated some of the cosmetic items from the Winter 2018 Cosmetics Collection to fix missing styles
Steam Blog - molly


The 12th annual Steam Winter Sale has arrived! Enjoy great deals on thousands of games throughout Steam from now 'til January 3rd!* This year's sale also includes two special events for players to participate in: A special set of daily free items and voting in the third-annual Steam Awards

This year you can vote on all eight categories throughout the sale. We need your help to choose the winners, so check out the nominees and don't forget to vote! Steam Awards winners will be revealed in early February 2019.

We've also got daily surprises for you at Steam's Extremely Cozy Cottage of Surprises. Click on a new door each day to reveal unique Steam Community emoticons, wallpapers and DLC from community-favorite Steam games, as well as some nostalgic collectible items of questionable quality from us. Learn more about how it all works here.

Wait, how'd we fit so many surprises into such a small and cozy space? Maybe there's more to this cottage...

*Discounts end January 3, 2019 at 10am Pacific, unless otherwise indicated.

Happy Holidays!
The Steam Team
Product Update - Valve
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:



Happy Smissmas 2018!
  • All players who play TF2 during the event will receive a Stuffed Stocking as a gift! Stockings contain goodies for good little Mercenaries.
    • Event runs through January 7th, 2019
  • Added the Winter 2018 Cosmetic Case
    • Contains 18 new community-contributed items
    • The Festivizer can be found as a bonus drop when opening the case
  • Mann Co. Store winter sale!
General
  • Fixed func_rotating entity not working properly in maps like 2Fort and Gravelpit
  • Fixed Strange Filter: Brimstone not displaying the prefix in the weapon name
  • Fixed a Mann vs. Machine bug with giant robots reported by Justin G. (sigsegv)
  • Added LAN Downunder 2018 tournament medals
  • Added ETF2L 6v6 Season 31 and Highlander Season 17 tournament medals
  • Added Brazil Fortress Season 3 tournament medals
  • Added Russian Highlander Season 1 tournament medals
  • Added Sacred Scouts 6v6 tournament medals
  • Added AsiaFortress Cup Season 14 tournament medals
  • Added AsiaFortress LAN 2018 tournament medals
  • Updated the Starstorm Slumber unusual effect to fix a display problem
  • Updated the backpack image for Mr. Quackers
  • Updated the localization files
  • Updated pd_monster_bash
    • Fixed an out-of-bounds exploit in RED's courtyard
  • Updated pl_millstone_event
    • Fixed a spot where players could trap players with teleport exit
    • Fixed Headless Horseman getting stuck in B area house staircase
  • Updated cp_snakewater_final1
    • Fixed "splash bug" issues throughout the map
    • Fixed a lot of visual issues
    • Improved clipping and made movement smoother
    • Made fence near yard closed to projectiles
Sundered®: Eldritch Edition - Valve
Today's Deal: Save 75% on Sundered!*

Look for the deals each day on the front page of Steam. Or follow us on twitter or Facebook for instant notifications wherever you are!

*Offer ends Friday at 10AM Pacific Time
Steam Blog - molly


The Steam Community has spoken, and we are proud to announce the finalists for The Steam Awards 2018 -- but we still need your help choosing the winners!

Voting will open on December 20th, at the start of the 12th annual Steam Winter Sale. Vote in each of our 8 categories to share your top Steam games and developers from 2018 and obtain this year’s set of trading cards.

Voting closes January 3rd and winners will be announced early February 2019. Good luck to all of our nominees!

Nominees for Game of the Year
  • PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
  • MONSTER HUNTER: WORLD
  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance
  • HITMAN™ 2
  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Nominees for VR Game of the Year
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
  • VRChat
  • Beat Saber
  • Fallout 4 VR
  • SUPERHOT VR

Nominees for Labor of Love
  • Dota 2
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • No Man's Sky
  • Path of Exile
  • Stardew Valley

Nominees for Best Environment
  • The Witcher® 3: Wild Hunt
  • Subnautica
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Far Cry 5
  • DARK SOULS™ III

Nominees for Better with Friends
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six® Siege
  • PAYDAY 2
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Overcooked! 2

Nominees for Best Alternate History
  • Wolfeinstein II: The New Colossus
  • Assassin's Creed® Odyssey
  • Hearts of Iron IV
  • Sid Meier's Civilization® VI
  • Fallout 4

Nominees for Most Fun with a Machine
  • Euro Truck Simulator 2
  • Rocket League
  • NieR:Automata
  • Factorio
  • Space Engineers

Nominees for Best Developer
  • CD PROJEKT RED
  • Ubisoft
  • Bethesda
  • Rockstar Games
  • Digital Extremes Ltd.
  • Square Enix
  • Capcom
  • Paradox Interactive
  • BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment
  • Klei

Notes on Best Developer category:
"Best Developer” proved to be a highly-contested category with a lot of close calls among the top nominees. As a result, we expanded the set of nominees to 10. In addition, we’ve excluded ourselves from this category. We appreciate the love you’ve shown us, but we want to honor the other awesome developers on Steam, so we have excluded Valve from the final tally.
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