Pre-orders dominate Steam top sellers during E3 weekend

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This past weekend E3 2021 kicked off with countless announcements and reveals that will continue during the week. As usual, despite the common sense knowledge not to pre-order games, sales of unreleased titles were rather popular on Steam.

At the time of writing these are the top 10 best selling games on the platform. The entries in bold are pre-orders.

1. It Takes Two
2. Battlefield 2042
3. Guilty Gear -Strive-
4. Naraka Bladepoint
5. Battlefield 4
6. Battlefield Bundle
7. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl
8. Age of Empires IV
9. Battlefield V
10. Sea of Thieves

While only four of the 10 top spots are pre-orders we’ve been watching this list closely over the weekend where Battlefield 2042 and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 routinely swapped places as the first and second finishers. It seems the rush to buy these games has slowed somewhat on early Monday morning here in South Africa.

Unfortunately actual sale numbers are not disclosed by Steam and the usual go to for unofficial data – Steam DB – doesn’t have those figures either. That being said the amount of sold copies required to be in the top 10 is huge so we’re sure the publishers and developers of those games are happy.

Outside of pre-orders we can see the effects of E3 on the other released games too. Battlefield 4, Battlefield 5 and the Battlefield Bundle all managed to make it onto the list thanks to a cross promotion which has those older titles on a decent discount.

Sea of Thieves is likely on this list because of the announcement of the “A Pirate’s Life” expansion – a crossover with Disney and its Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. A Pirate’s Life will be a free addition to the game when it launched on 22nd June, so we assume people are buying now so they can play later in the month.

As always our advice on pre-orders remains the same: wait for the reviews. Online stores won’t run out of digital keys to sell you and the pre-order guff they usually offer is not worth wasting your money. In the case of online games like Battlefield 2042 this advice is doubly true as launch servers for these big games are usually awful with players more likely to stare at error screens than the game itself.

Clinton Matos

Clinton Matos

Clinton has been a programmer, engineering student, project manager, asset controller and even a farrier. Now he handles the maker side of


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