I made some research.
Steam broke its record last year: 9 279 releases in 2020.

That's twice from 2016.

That's a release every 53 minutes.

50% of games sold less than 640 units.

75% of games sold less than 2800 units.

5% of games made 90% of all the sales.
More in-depth data if we filter only indie games:

6376 indie games in 2020.

50% of indies sold less than 640 units.

75% of indies sold less than 2480 units.

5% of games made 88% of all sales.
Also important to note:

There is no correlation between positive reviews and sales.

A good game isn't guaranteed to sell, as much as a bad game isn't guaranteed to fail.
I've jumped hastily on that last one. Please check the replies for more insightful views than mine.

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