The Steam Winter Sale wrapped up earlier today.
As far as the sale went, I have nothing to report as I did not purchase a single thing. Given that 2020 was a year of boosted video game sales as we all stayed home, I fell short on my part, at least when it came to Steam, so nothing to write about on that front. Fortunately, Steam also ends the Winter Sale with some awards and lists. Those I can go on about.
First, there were the 2020 Steam Awards, which are nominated by and voted for by Steam users. There were ten categories.
You might not be able to read the actual winners, so here they are listed out:
- Game of the Year – Red Dead Redemption 2
- VR Game of the Year – Half-Life: Alyx
- Labor of Love – Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
- Better with Friends – Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
- Most Innovative Gameplay – DEATH STRANDING
- Outstanding Story-Rich Game – Red Dead Redemption 2
- Best Game You Suck At – Apex Legends
- Outstanding Visual Style – Ori and the Will of the Wisps
- Best Soundtrack – DOOM Eternal
- Sit Back and Relax – The Sims 4
Not only have I not played a single game on that list, not one of the games I nominated were picked to vote on nor did any game I voted for become the winner. If I complain about blogging being dead you might remind me that I am so far from what is popular these days that it might just be me.
Anyway, that is all opinion based. Steam also puts out their lists of best selling and most played titles. There is a blog post that describes all the categories and what they mean, but only two interest me. They are:
There are no numbers here, just a stack ranking so, if you compare with last year’s list, you don’t know if GTA V players spent a lot more or if Warframe players, the 2019 top of the list, spent a lot less. But the lists are not stack ranked by bracket, so you only know that something in the Platinum category made more than something in the Gold and Silver categories.
It is fun that Among Us made the cut. It is just $4.99 to buy, though it has some cosmetics for purchase as well. But that was enough to get it in the pack.
The Steam blog post about this says that 2020 saw such a boost over 2019 that they had to change the brackets. Last year the brackets were 100K, 50K, 25K, and 50K, but for 2020 they had to boost them to 200K, 100K, 50K, and 30K,.
Not a lot of surprised at the top, and certainly some overlap with the revenue chart, while the 100K chart digs up some more familiar titles.
For those interested, there is also:
That is a good one if you want to filter out people who are still playing GTA V and Warframe.
Half-Life: Alyx and Beat Sabre are in the top bracket of course, but so is VR Kanojo. I suppose it says something that one of the highest grossing VR game involves hanging out with a Japanese school girl.
This one is always a bit of an eye-roll for me. Titles I recognize, like Factorio, made the cut, but then I wonder how long they’ve been hanging out in early access status while still selling.
And then there is the category from which I am totally divorced. I mean, I have a controller around here somewhere, stuffed in a drawer, but I couldn’t tell you the last time I used it.
Anyway, that is Steam reporting on 2020. I am almost done with blog posts about that year… almost.