CHARTS: Rare's Sea of Thieves sails to Steam top spot

CHARTS: Rare's Sea of Thieves sails to Steam top spot

Rare's pirate title Sea of Thieves has shot straight to the No.1 position in the Steam Top Ten.

The title launched on Valve's platform on June 3rd following its initial PC release – on Microsoft's Windows 10 store – back in March 2018. By January of this year, the game had been played by more than 10m people across both PC and Xbox One.

Classic PC titles Command & Conquer and Red Alert come into the Steam Top Ten in second place thanks to a new remastered collection from EA which launched on June 5th. The publishing giant has said that it will be bringing a number of its PC titles back to Steam having previously chosen to release them on its own Origin platform. Need for Speed Heat is one of these titles, racing into fifth place.

Valve's own Index VR headset was the third best-selling item in the Steam Top Ten. This follows the hardware selling out earlier this year due to high demand and reduced production due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Research firm SuperData reported that 149,000 Index VR headsets were bought during 2019.

Battle royale progenitor Playerunknown's Battlegrounds came in at No.4, ahead of Capcom's Resident Evil 3 in fifth place. That title's price was reduced by 34 per cent. Within five days of its launch back in April, Capcom reported that two million copies had been shipped.

Seventh place goes to Early Access title Gunfire Reborn from Hong Kong-based developer Duoyi. This appears to be the company's first PC title having worked on a number of mobile projects.

Good Shepherd's Monster Train drops from last week's No.3 to No.8 this week, coming in ahead of Coffee Stain's co-op shooter Deep Rock Galactic which has dropped two places. Bringing up the bottom of this week's Top Ten is Microsoft's Ori and the Will of the Wisps, which saw a 20 per cent price cut last week.

Here is the Steam Top Ten for the week ending June 6th:

1. Sea of Thieves, Microsoft
2. Command & Conquer Remastered Collection, EA
3. Valve Index VR Kit, Valve
4. Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, PUBG Corp
5. Need for Speed Heat, EA
6. Resident Evil 3, Capcom
7. Gunfire Reborn, Duoyi (Hong Kong) Interactive Entertainment
8. Monster Train, Good Shepherd
9. Deep Rock Galactic, Coffee Stain
10. Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Microsoft

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