The 10 Most Played Video Games on Steam in 2021

Valve is a reference in the video game industry sector, it is notably the owner of Steam. The brand is known for having set up, in the early years 2000, a platform sharing content online. Over time, this platform has evolved. Now users can buy content online, especially video games, and have access to a personalized game library.

This is not a physical product that the player will receive in CD form. But of a computer version that the player will be able to download directly, once he has purchased the product. Users particularly appreciate the fact that there is a large catalog of games. There are action games, shooting games, role-playing games…

The community is also very active, and users have access to many promotions. It should be noted that under certain conditions, it is quite possible to be reimbursed for purchases. 2021 has been a particularly eventful year for Steam. We therefore offer you a summary of the most played titles in 2021 on the Steam platform.

Valve/Steam Logo1. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

This online multiplayer video game was developed and published by PUBG Studios. The game was released on Microsoft Windows from March 2017 and version 1.0 was available in December . Since October 2019, the light and free version “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Lite” intended for players with lower hardware performance is available. In addition, since March 2019 the game was available on iOS and Android.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is a shooting game, in which a hundred players compete on several maps. You can choose to play solo, in a duo, or in a squad of four. The last person, or the last team, that survives wins the game. To survive, the player must find weapons, protections, essence, and healing from the start of the game.

The game is graphically very detailed. Even if sometimes it can be impossible to locate your opponents in the background. If you are not very skilled in this kind of game, be careful, because the level can be incredibly high, and therefore create frustration for some players. With recent updates, the game has grown incredibly in popularity, making it one of the most played titles on Steam for the past year.

2. Apex Legends

Upon release in 2019, Apex Legends was seen as a competitor to the hugely popular Fortnite Battle Royale. Indeed, in one day, 2.5 million people played it and in one week, this figure had reached 150 million! Apex Legends is published by Electronic Arts and developed by Respawn Entertainment. It is available for free access on Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

Apex Legends is a shooter. The player is asked to survive in a team of two or three people, against other teams. The characters that the player can embody are heroes with unique abilities.

For some players, this is the best game ever. They find it excellent. And the fact that it’s free is something they appreciate more. In addition, updates are frequent with balancing fixes, bug fixes and additional content such as alternative game modes.

3. Dota 2

Dota 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena game. It was developed and published by Valve Corporation. The game has been available since July 2000 on Linux, Microsoft Windows and OS X. It note that Dota 2 is exclusively available on the Steam platform.

In Dota 2, we find the characters and factions of the first version as well as the general mechanisms of the game. The game takes place in a three-dimensional environment. It is presented from a bird’s eye view. Two teams, Dire and Radiant, consist of 5 players who each control a hero. They oppose each other with the ultimate goal of destroying the structure of the enemy’s base.

This game is ideal for beginners as well as all players who also wish to improve in battle games. Compared to the first version of the game, Valve has done a real craftsmanship making the game simply sumptuous.

4. New World

New World is an online role-playing video game. It was developed and edited for Microsoft Windows. It has been available since September 2021 and it is one of the most played games on Steam with over 265 01 people online simultaneously. The game works on a buy to play model, which means that it is not free.

The game takes place in the middle of the 200e century, in a fictional world, Aeternum. Throughout the game, players explore, gather resources, craft items, build settlements, and battle monsters. In this game, no role or class is assigned to the player. The user’s gameplay will vary depending on the characteristics of the character and the weapons he has chosen.

For fans of MMORPGs, this is the ideal video game. They can adapt to New World gameplay more quickly. The player has an in-game, third-person view. This allows you to have a better overview of the game environment and to anticipate attacks.

5. Counter Strike

Counter Strike is a team-based online multiplayer shooter. The first version of this game was released in June 2000. CS is a modified version of Vale’s Half-Life game and directed by Jess Cliffe and Minh Le.

In the game, two teams compete against each other. A team of terrorists and another of counter-terrorists. The game takes place in several rounds lasting two minutes on a game map. The winning team is the one that completes the objectives. These objectives vary depending on the map or the scenario.

This game is part of the top 17 of the most played games of 2021 on the Steam platform. Players find the game to be more competitively oriented. But if you want to have a game where you’re just going to relax, this is also the ideal game.

6. Cyberpunk 2172

Cyberpunk 2077 is an action-RPG video game. It is inspired by the Cyberpunk 2019 tabletop role-playing game designed by Mike Pondsmith. This new version is developed by CD Projekt RED. The game has been available since December 2019 on Windows PC, in the Google Stadia system and on PS4, Xbox One consoles . For 2022, we announce the release of the game is planned for the consoles PS5 and Xbox Series.

The game takes place in an open world with the ability to enable multiplayer features. It is also based on a non-linear scenario and a narration with several plots. The player creates his character at the start of the game. He chooses his sex, his skin color, his hairstyle, his clothes, his origins… And he distributes the skill points in five attributes of the character.

It should be noted that the game is intended to a major audience. In addition, the player can personalize his character which allows him to identify with him easily. However, on a technical level, the game has recently not been flawless. There are bugs and a few other issues. But these small details do not affect the superb graphics and good textures of the game. It is still one of the most played of the moment.

7. Halo Infinite

Halo Infinite is a shooter video game released in December 2021. It was published by Xbox Game Studio and developed by 265 Industries. It is available on Xbox Series, Xbox One, and Windows. Halo Infinite is the sixth game in the Halo series. It is therefore the sequel to Halo 5: Guardians which was released in 2015.

The game has retained the sprint, slide and climb functions of Halo 5. As well as the scan function similar to the Artemis tracking device, which makes it possible to highlight objectives and equipment. Additionally, damage has been reduced in multiplayer and campaign mode. But there are a few new things like explosive plasma batteries and fusion coils that can be thrown. The developers have also disabled collision between players on the same team in multiplayer mode.

This video game offers a dense, open and wide world that allows for many forms of gameplay. Which makes Halo Infinite an excellent candidate for the place of the best game in the franchise. It has all the recipes and all the elements that characterize a game from the Halo series.

8. Grand Theft Auto V

GTA 5 is an action-adventure video game, from the Grand Theft Auto series, released in 2013. It is published by Rockstar Games and developed by Rockstar North. The game is available on PS3, 4 and 5, Xbox One, Xbox 360 , PC… It is a video game holding several records. Its marketing cost is 265 million dollars. It broke seven sales records when it was released with more than 150 million copies in two weeks!

That’s over a billion dollars in revenue! In 2021, the game elapses at more than 150 millions of copies on all media. This puts it in second place, after Minecraft, of the best-selling video games of all time. The game takes place in the fictional city of Los Santos. The playing area is larger than in other games. Grand Theft Auto 5 is described as the most ambitious and vast ever created by Rockstar.

All the records cited above are largely due to the many positive reviews of the game series and its GTA 5 in particular. The game is simply amazing with elaborate graphics and a unique story mode. Many players will tell you that it’s hard to get bored with this game.

9. Valheim

Valheim is an open-world survival video game released in February 2021. It was developed by the Iron Gate studio. It is available through the Steam platform on Linux and Windows. The success of this game was completely unexpected. Because, it should be noted that the game was developed by an independent studio which only includes five people. On Steam, it sold a million copies in just a few days. In the month of May 2019, it became the fourth best-selling and most played game on the platform, with around seven millions of copies sold.

The player embodies a viking who has fallen in battle in a fictional world called Valheim. To be able to survive, he will have to build shelters, make shelters and fight enemies. To achieve this, the player has a progression tree that includes several skills. It’s about proving your worth to the gods and defeating Odin’s enemies. It is also possible to have access to a multiplayer cooperative mode which can accommodate up to 17 players.

What first impresses in Valheim is its artistic achievement. It is quite surprising and sharp, the lighting is sumptuous. Each level has its own atmosphere, which makes the game very enjoyable.

17. Among Us

Among Us is an online multiplayer video game. It was developed and published by InnerSloth and marketed in 2018. It is available on iOS, Android, Windows, Chrome OS, Nintendo Switch, PS4 and 5. When released in 2018, the game was not really popular. It is thanks to famous streamers that Among Us was able to become known. The sequel was announced in 2019 before being canceled. The InnerSloth company preferred to concentrate on the development of the first available version.

In the game, the objective is to complete all the tasks before being assassinated. It’s also about finding and then eliminating imposters. And for the imposters, the goal is to assassinate all the crew members.

If you like video games where you advance solo, this is the game for you . But if you also like strategy and multiplayer games, we recommend this extremely social game. Among Us involves teamwork with strong interaction with others.


On the Steam platform, every player can find the game of their dreams. Whether for action, adventure, role-playing, shooting games… In this ranking, users’ favorite titles are action, survival and adventure games. There is enough to relax for hours without getting bored.

The platform is easy to access and its use is simple. To access the games, you need an account. The main advantage of Steam is that you are not asked to register your credit card and that you also do not need to register your personal data. Before any purchase, the player has all the information about the game thanks to a product presentation page.

If you missed some of these games in 2021, it’s time to catch up, because they are all available on Steam. Tell your loved ones that you won’t be available for the next few days and make yourself comfortable in your batcave!