Steam’s Most-Played Games of 2023 Are Fairly Predictable

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Valve’s 2023 Steam Recap: Most Popular and Best-Selling Games

Valve has released its annual look-back at the Steam platform, showcasing the most played and best-selling titles from 2023. Many are curious to know which games ruled the roost in terms of player engagement, so let’s dive into the details.

Valve’s Tier System

Valve classified games according to a tier system – Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze – based on specific thresholds like ‘Over 300,000 Peak Players’ for Platinum-ranked games.

Counter-Strike and Dota 2: The Perennial Leaders

Unsurprisingly, the top two games remained Counter-Strike and Dota 2. These games consistently dominate Steam’s charts with their vast player bases.

Commonplace Titles in the Mix

Here are some titles that made it to the list of most-played Steam games in 2023:

The Usual Suspects

Several predictable titles graced the list, including fan favorites that have been a staple of Steam for years.

Two Surprising Entries

However, two games stood out from the pack:

Sons of the Forest

Launched in an early access state in February 2023, Sons of the Forest delivered a riveting survival horror experience set on a vast map. The game garnered exceptional praise from players and peaked at an impressive 411,804 concurrent users.

Goose Goose Duck

The quirky Goose Goose Duck, in which players collaborate and take control of a flock of geese to accomplish tasks and solve challenges, reached an astounding 701,898 concurrent players in late 2023 – almost two years after its release. The sudden surge in popularity was noteworthy and attracted attention from media outlets like Forbes.

What Were Your Favorite Steam Games of 2023?

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