Steam’s end of year sales, which wrapped up last week, generated more revenue for the company than June’s – a number that was largely made possible by discounts on AAA games. The data comes from the online tool Steam Spy, which was then parsed and compiled by its creator Sergey Galyonkin.
In terms of volume, Galyonkin’s tool estimates that at least 46 million copies of games were purchased over the December period – which sits at 50% more titles than those seen during the June sales.
Assuming that all of those games were sold on Steam (and not from physical pack-ins or external services), he calculates that a minimum of $270 million USD was generated in revenue – almost twice as much as June’s sales.
The largest contributors to that figure are titles like Fallout 4 and Grand Theft Auto 5, each of which saw a discount during the December sale. Fallout 4 raked in $13.9 million USD, while Grand Theft Auto 5 got a tidy $10.9 million USD. Comparatively, Ark: Survival Evolved took in $10.4 million USD during the June sales, followed by Counter-Strike: Global Offensive with $6.1 million USD.
According to other data that Galyonkin has gathered, Steam generated $3.5 billion USD last year.