October 9th hit the goal
Since the beginning of 2020, HenDaBen.com started to keep track of the most mainstream game platforms releasing free games. This would include Steam, Epic Games Store and Humble Bundle, aswell as Origin, GOG Galaxy, Uplay and Rockstar Games only if they just released something for free. As of October 9th, the 2,000 EUR goal was reached after Steam released the Sonic The Hedgehog 2 videogame. In our listing, Sonic The Hedgehog 2 was placed as the number 99 in the code.
Worth of 2,000 EUR of free games
We deep dived some data for you. In January when the listing started, the most interesting point of the released games were not the highest or the lowest price. We also wanted to track the games' average price, as that would bring more interest in claiming them.
As of October 9th..
The top-dog games, clarified as the games that were priced as the highest ones yet, were Sid Meier's Civilization VI (released in May 28th), Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (released in June 4th), Hitman 2016 (released in September 3rd) and Watch Dogs 2 (released in September 24th). All of these games were released at the Epic Games Store.
Steam, after all, was a huge disappointment. Out of the 99 games, only 25 were released by Steam. In the beginning of 2020, we expected Steam to be the #1 publisher for free games. However, our expectation was wrong and it's time to give big thanks to Epic Games Store. Epic Games Store had the biggest chunk of the cake - a total of 70 games. Humble Bundle released four games. In short terms, Steam had 24,75%, Epic Games Store had 69,3% and Humble Bundle had 3,96% of the free game releases.
The most expensive games released for free in Steam were Total War: Shogun 2 and The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Video Game, both priced at 29,99 EUR. What comes to Humble Bundle, their most expensive game was F1 2018, priced as a 39,99 EUR game.
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