CHARTS: Counter-Strike 2 takes Steam No.1 on debut

CHARTS: Counter-Strike 2 takes Steam No.1 on debut

The latest version of Valve's Counter-Strike series of online shooters was the biggest money generator on Steam last week.

Counter-Strike 2 made its debut on September 27th and is the first iteration on the game since 2012's Global Offensive. It has been given out as a free update to that title and acts as a continuation of CS:GO so there isn't much fresh data about how the shooter is performing as of yet.

Cyberpunk 2077 once again was the second biggest seller, having returned to the Steam Top Ten last week off the back of a price cut and the launch of its first and only expansion, Phantom Liberty. That release rose three places from sixth to No.3 week-on-week.

EA's newly rebranded football franchise EA Sports FC – formerly FIFA – dropped from third to fourth week-on-week, while Baldur's Gate 3 rose up two places to fifth. Battle royale romp PUBG: Battlegrounds shot up from No.14 to sixth week-on-week possibly off the back of the new Halloween in-game event.

Valve's Dota 2 also returns to the Top Ten from No.18 to hit seventh this week, as does Call of Duty which shoots up from sixteenth to No.8.

Party Animals – released on September 20th – dropped one position to ninth despite having launched to mixed reviews. Apex Legends from EA rounds off the Top Ten.

Here is the Steam Top Ten for the week ending September 3rd:

1. Counter-Strike 2, Valve
2. Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt
3. Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty, CD Projekt
4. EA Sports FC 24, EA
5. Baldur's Gate 3, Larian Studios
6. PUBG: Battlegrounds, Krafton
7. Dota 2, Valve
8. Call of Duty, Activision
9. Party Animals, Recreate Games
10. Apex Legends, EA

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