Can you hear it? The eerie descending slide whistle sound effect as your bank balance drains back down to zero? That can mean only one thing: it’s the Steam Winter Sale!
That’s right. On the crest of a great tidal wave of green rectangles, Valve has returned to save Christmas, Hanukkah, and December 2020 is general. But unlike years past, they’re not the only digital bargain bin in town. The competition this year is stiff: GOG have been offering discounts since the start of the month, while Epic are literally giving away games (today it’s Metro 2033).
But Steam are running a few special offers of their own to tempt us back to the storefront. Purchases earn points, and points mean prizes. What’s the prize this year? Bird stickers. You can claim one every other day for the duration of the sale. They’re quite cute, it must be said. Of course, the Steam Awards are also open for business. Members of the public can vote on categories like ‘Best Game You Suck At’ and ‘Better With Friends’. For this act of good gamer citizenry, you can expect a random selection of trading cards. Such fun!