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Steam Game Revenue Calculator

The Steam Game Revenue calculator provides a ballpark figure for gauging a game’s potential earnings. It is not a precise way to determine accurate figures due to the simplifications and assumptions it makes. However, it can be a helpful tool for:

  • Quick Insights: Get a general idea of a game’s earning potential based on its review count.
  • Comparisons: Roughly compare the potential revenue of different games based on their reviews and factors like price.
  • Market Research:¬†Gain a broad understanding of the revenue landscape for games on Steam.

You can’t use this tool to calculate the earning for Epic Games Store until they have a number of reviews visible on their website.

Steam Revenue Calculator

Steam Game Revenue Calculator

Here’s a breakdown of what the Steam Game Revenue Calculator does, its limitations, and why it offers a rough estimate rather than an exact calculation of Steam game earnings:

What the Steam Game Calculator Does

  1. Takes Inputs: It collects essential data points for estimating sales and revenue:
    • Number of Reviews
    • Game Price
    • Sales per Review (estimated average sales generated from each review)
    • Steam Cut (the percentage Steam takes)
    • Returns (refunds)
    • Discount (if any)
    • Taxes
  2. Basic Calculation: It uses a simplified formula to estimate net revenue:
    • Estimated Sales: (Number of Reviews) * (Sales per Review)
    • Gross Revenue: (Estimated Sales) * (Game Price)
    • Net Revenue: (Gross Revenue) * (1 – Steam Cut) * (1 – Returns) * (1 – Discount) * (1 – Taxes)
  3. Displays Result: It presents the estimated net revenue after accounting for all the deductions.

Why it’s a Rough Estimation

  • Sales per Review Assumption: The “sales per review” factor is largely an estimate. Sales can fluctuate due to various reasons (visibility, marketing, seasonality, etc.)
  • Regional Pricing: Steam games have different prices in different regions, which this calculator doesn’t account for.
  • Complex Discounts: Steam often has complex discount systems, going beyond a simple percentage off.
  • Additional Expenses: Game development and marketing have costs not factored into this basic calculation. True profit is much less than the net revenue shown.