Valve has taken matters into its own hands with a new Steam chart feature that displays the best-selling games on the platform in an official capacity. Previously, PC gamers had to turn to third-party websites to track the most popular Steam games, but now Valve is offering a detailed look in real-time at the games that are seeing the most success on the storefront.
The new Steam Charts page is Valves' answer to a number of third-party sites, including SteamDB, SteamSpy, and SteamCharts, which have previously provided information on the Valves platform, and which games are performing well. It replaces the old Steam stats page, offering real-time rankings for top sellers and most played games, as well as weekly and monthly breakdowns.
The charts themselves are really cool, much like music charts such as the US Billboard charts, because they show how long a game has been on the charts since the previous week, and how far a game has progressed or decreased in the rankings since that week. You can also see a games current player count and its daily peak, much as you could with the previous Steam stats page.
Valve has noted that the new top-selling lists rank games based on total revenue, including all sources such as DLC and in-game transactions, to give a more complete picture of the games that are seeing success. This new approach should give a clearer picture of the success of such games.
Valve claims that traditionally our top sellers charts had only income from premium game purchases, but that was obscuring the hugely popular free or inexpensive games that players are buying season passes, massive expansions, or other forms of new content.
Many PC gamers feel that Steam guides are a mess to use. In related news, a recent update makes it easier to claim free Steam games and DLC, and some users have called for more consistent Steam age checks across the platforms library.