Steam’s $1 Billion Sales in 2010

February 3, 2011, By Christian Cawley

Digital distribution service Steam sold almost $1 billion of gaming titles in 2010, with the top 10 populated with titles from gaming giants Activision.

Steam sells $1 billion in games in 2010

2010’s big Call of Duty games have unsurprisingly generated almost $140 million on Steam alone, mirroring the franchise’s console success.

While FPS games seem to dominate, strategy gaming is clearly still popular with the latest version of Sid Meier’s Civilization and Warhammer providing a strong presence.

But the real surprise is Portal – the sixth most popular game of 2010 on the Steam platform is nearing 4 years old and as well as being developed by Steam owners Valve, Portal is possibly the least violent game top selling game that doesn’t have “sim” in the title. Portal is of course the ultimate adventure puzzler, and its success in 2010 may well be in part due to the (since delayed) release of Portal 2.

Steam’s top ten best-selling titles, by Estimated Gross Revenues in 2010:

    1. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision) – $98.2 Million USD
    2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision) – $39.4 Million USD
    3. Left 4 Dead 2 (Valve) – $36.0 Million USD
    4. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (Electronic Arts) – $25.4 Million USD
    5. Sid Meier’s Civilization V (2K Games) – $21.9 Million USD
    6. Portal (Valve) – $20.0 Million USD
    7. Fallout: New Vegas (Bethesda Softworks) – $17.0 Million USD
    8. Metro 2033 (THQ) – $13.4 Million USD
    9. Mafia II (2K Games) – $11.9 Million USD
    10. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising (THQ) – $10.8 Million USD

    Not bad for the company that struggled to deal with the release of Half Life 2 all those years ago…

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