Valve published the best earners on their storefront, Steam, without an exact ladder but the groupings gave us an idea what earned the most and top 12 games were dominated by microtransaction titles.
Microtransactions are hated by the gamers since the offer a minute amount of content at prices that could net us an expansion or even a completely new game before but it appears that those same gamers don't have enough self-control to stop promoting this business model.
Namely, Steam periodically reveals the best-grossing titles of a bygone period and the latest one has some rather depressive info. Valve folks don't disclose the exact leaderboard where we could see which game earned the most but they do have four groups - Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum, from the least to most grossing games, respectively.
Platinum, the cream of the crop, features 12 games that earned the most money in 2020. Out of those 12, only two don't have microtransactions. These games are DOOM Eternal and Cyberpunk 2077, both of which belong into the most anticipated titles of the year, across several platforms. Cyberpunk 2077 even broke the record on Steam by becoming the first singleplayer title to have more than a million concurrent players.
Considering the amount of hype and marketing necessary to make a game of either CP2077 or DOOM Eternal magnitude, it's hard to imagine we will see singleplayer and microtransactionless titles dominating the top of these revenue ladders anytime soon.
Meanwhile, GTA V is still in the group with all the top dogs , even though the game came out more than half a decade ago, thanks to its incredibly successful online portion that has produced enough microtransaction revenue to put Star Citizen's crowdfunding bucks to shame.