Among Us, Counter-Strike and Cyberpunk 2077 top Steam's list of top-played games in 2020

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
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Topping the Valve Steam’s Best of 2020 list are the usual suspects like Destiny 2, Counter-Strike, Grand Theft Auto 5 and Terraria, but there are a surprising number of newcomers like Among Us and Cyberpunk 2077 that were released just a few weeks back. 

Like clockwork each year, Valve releases its list of the top-played games of the year on Steam - sorted by how many concurrent players each game had.

Each of these games had over 200,000 concurrent players at their peak with Cyberpunk 2077 reaching a record high of 1,054,388 players on December 12.

While you could certainly look at lists of the best games of the year (including our Game of the Year 2020 list) to find out what was new and hot in 2020, best-selling lists like the one Steam provides each year gives us the clearest picture of what gamers have been buying and playing for the last few months.

Here's a complete list of the top 10 most-played games:

  • Destiny 2
  • Among Us
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Life is Strange 2
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Mount & Blade 2: Banner Lord
  • DOTA 2
  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
  • Monster Hunter World
  • Terraria

Looking for multiplayer matches and extra content? Look no further 

Sales data is interesting on its own, but it can paint a larger picture for us - for example, the number of concurrent players is a good indicator of active online communities and the more active an online community is, the easier it will be to find multiplayer matches.

Looking at the list, all but one of the games were released more than one year ago - i.e. despite this being a list of 2020's most played games, gamers are mostly still playing older games. Why? Well, some of these games are free-to-play, others are fairly cheap, but all of them offer a fair amount of content to explore.

Take, for example, Grand Theft Auto 5 that remains popular seven years after its initial release thanks to updates and fresh Grand Theft Auto Online content, or Destiny 2 that has loads of multiplayer modes.

What's the moral here? If you need something new to play and you want it to last you awhile, Steam’s most popular list could be a good place to start looking - even if it looks like most of the games are few years old.

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Nick Pino

Nick Pino is Managing Editor, TV and AV for TechRadar's sister site, Tom's Guide. Previously, he was the Senior Editor of Home Entertainment at TechRadar, covering TVs, headphones, speakers, video games, VR and streaming devices. He's also written for GamesRadar+, Official Xbox Magazine, PC Gamer and other outlets over the last decade, and he has a degree in computer science he's not using if anyone wants it.