Steam’s Most-Played Games of 2023 Are Fairly Predictable
Valve has published a 2023 look-back of its Steam platform, revealing the most popular games and best-selling releases from across the last twelve months. In particular, people are interested in finding out which games were the most played in 2023 – but it’s a relatively predictable assortment of titles.
For the breakdown, Valve opted for a tier system, ranking games in Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze categories based on certain thresholds, such as ‘Over 300,000 Peak Players’ for Platinum-ranked games.
What Were The Most-Played Steam Games in 2023?
At the top of the table sat two games that are always at the top of the Steam charts: Counter-Strike and Dota 2. It doesn’t matter when you check the leaderboards, you’re almost guaranteed to see these two titles somewhere near the top – often occupying the lead spot by quite a distance.
Elsewhere, there was a scattering of predictable titles that made up the list of the most-played Steam games in 2023:
Starfield (330,597 peak)
Destiny 2 (316,651 peak)
Lost Ark (333,008 peak)
Baldur’s Gate 3 (875,343 peak)
Apex Legends (624,473 peak)
PUBG (623,852 peak)
Hogwarts Legacy (527,652 peak)
Two games stood out from the crowd, though:
Sons of the Forest
Goose Goose Duck
Sons of the Forest launched in February 2023 in an early access state, providing players with an intense and beautiful survival horror experience set on a wide, open map. It launched to a remarkably positive reception, racking up a peak concurrent player count of 411,804 users.
Goose Goose Duck is a little stranger. This game, which sees players team up and assume control of a flock of geese to solve challenges and complete missions, rocketed to 701,898 concurrent players almost two years after it was released. It was a bizarre growth trend that was covered by Forbes, with Goose Goose Duck offering a similar vibe to Among Us, only a little sillier and more carefree.