has accumulated over $50 million on Steam since October 1, 2018.Announced on Twitter Friday by CD Projekt Red, the third installment in the Witcher series has exceeded the threshold required to get 80% of the revenue gained from future Steam purchases of the game.
The accumulated revenue from sales of The Witcher 3 on @Steam platform for the period of time between October 1st 2018 and today has exceeded 50M USD. As a result, we are now getting 80% on any subsequent sales of TW3 on Steam.
Thank you all for your support! pic.twitter.com/JgNgrrI5h0
— CD PROJEKT IR (@CDPROJEKTRED_IR) February 20, 2020
Steam’s revenue split gives most developers 70% of their sales with Valve, the company behind Steam, getting the rest. That’s the case for revenue amounts under $10 million. When a game’s revenue surpasses $10 million, the developers then receive 75% of the sales from that point forward. After passing the $50 million threshold like The Witcher 3, the developer then earns 80% of all future sales of the game on Steam.
The boost in game sales is likely due to Netflix’s new series that was released late last year, The Witcher, which is based on the books by Andrzej Sapkowsk that inspired the games.
Netflix’s The Witcher: Cast vs. Video Game Characters
The show’s first season was one of Netflix’s most-viewed first seasons ever and it led to the highest player count in years for The Witcher 3 on Steam. Some of those numbers could be attributed to returning players who have already purchased the game before, but if CD Projekt Red’s announcement is any indication, it’s likely that some new players took their first steps in The Continent recently.
The show’s popularity has continued to remain stable since the first season’s release, possibly in part due to viral sensations like ‘Toss a Coin to Your Witcher‘ and the new Season 2 casting news that was announced Friday as well.If you haven’t checked out The Witcher 3 and are wondering if it’s worth your time, you can read IGN’s official review for the game, along with keeping up with our The Witcher 3 Wiki guide. You can also check out our review of Netflix’s The Witcher, as well as the best reading order for the books – to fully immerse yourself in that world.
Wesley is a freelance news writer and wiki maker for IGN who loves when coins are tossed his way. You can find him on Twitter at @LeBlancWes.