Many of the most lucrative games from Steam are free to play

The top-earning games from the PC store front Steam have just been released in this year’s top 100 games measured by gross revenue, and a few of the games are free to play.

This is just proof that free-to-play games are not exactly always free to play.

The games are categorized into different levels, from platinum, gold, silver and bronze (however, it is not clear whether the website orders the games in their respective levels).

The Platinum level offers the most lucrative games of 2021 and is as follows:

  • Dota 2 – Valve (2013) FREE TO PLAY
  • Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds – Krafton (2017)
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – Valve (2012) FREE TO PLAY
  • Fate 2 – Bungie (2019) FREE TO PLAY
  • Death in daylight – Behavior Interactive (2016)
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege – Ubisoft (2015)
  • Apex Legends – Respawn Entertainment (2020) FREE TO PLAY
  • Battlefield 2042 – EA DICE (2021)
  • Valheim – Jernport (2021)
  • Naraka Bladepoint – 24 Entertainment (2021)
  • New world – Amazon Games (2021)
  • Grand Theft Auto V – Rockstar North (2015)

The four free-to-play games listed in this series show that they were the most lucrative games of the year through in-app purchases alone, which is a pretty impressive feat in itself.

Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds will also be free to play in January 2022.

Of this list, there are only four games (Battlefield 2042, Valheim, Naraka Bladepoint and New world) was released this year. CS: GO is the oldest game on this list, released almost a decade ago.

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Other free-to-play games that reached the best levels in Steam are as follows:

  • The Order of War – Gaijin Entertainment (2013)
  • Warframe – Digital Extremes (2013)
  • Team Fortress 2 – Valve (2007)
  • The path of exile – Grinding Gear Games (2013)
  • Halo infinite – 343 Industries (2021)
  • World of Tanks Blitz – Wargaming Group Limited (2016)
  • SMITEĀ® – Titan Forge Games (2015)
  • World of Warships – Wargaming Group Limited (2017)
  • STAR WARS: The Old Republic – Bioware (2011)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel left – Konami Digital Entertainment (2017)
  • Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis – SEGA (2020)

Many of these titles have a common thread: they have an online component. The in-app purchases give players a head start in online gaming, and that’s what makes these titles some of the most lucrative of the year.

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