Steam is the world’s largest and most popular digital video game distribution platform. Owned and operated by The Valve Corporation, their daily active user count reaches far out into the millions, a truly astonishing number.
Steam has a lot to offer to its users, making it stand above the competitors in its field.
According to members of the Steam community, the regular sale events on the platform are among the main reasons that so many gamers choose Steam as their preferred place to buy games and DLC (Downloadable Content).
This guide will explain everything you need to know regarding Steam sales and ensure you don’t miss the next one.
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What Are Steam Sales And Why Should I Care?
Sales are a common sight at online retailers. However, when it comes to Steam sales, there’s usually a lot more to be excited about than just buying games at reduced prices.
A large part of Steam’s community culture is based on developing and leveling your profile, collecting badges, and displaying your achievements.
If you’ve read our guide in which we explore Steam’s level-up system, you already know that Steam sales are a great opportunity to increase your account’s XP. Some members of Steam’s community are quite serious about this, especially those who value perfecting their Steam profiles.
Even if this is of no interest to you, Steam sales are ultimately great opportunities to purchase games at really low prices. Whatever your motivation, every video game enthusiast should care about these events.
How can you ensure you don’t miss any? Read on to find out.
Predicting The Exact Dates For Steam Events
Before we discuss accurate dates for upcoming Steam sales, there’s something important to mention.
Steam doesn’t announce any sales or important events long before they happen. Dates are kept as a company secret. Sales also don’t fall on the same days every year, which is why it’s impossible to predict them with absolute certainty many days before they take place.
Sometimes, there are leaks on popular websites such as SteamDB, which is where most people get their information from.
We also know that large Steam sales happen every year with certainty. Their exact dates might be a few days off from the previous year, but so far there hasn’t been a year when Steam failed to host a major sale.
As for knowing exactly when they happen, once the exact dates are sent to partners and revealed to the public, we can inform you about the upcoming events with greater accuracy.
With all that being said, let’s take a look at what we know for sure about the ongoing Steam events in the following section below.
Ongoing Steam Sales And Events
The last Steam sale (The “Going Rogue” – Festival of Persistence) recently ended, and currently, there aren’t any other ongoing sales or events on the platform.
However, you can check the section down below to learn what’s coming next on the platform.
Staying informed about upcoming Steam sales and events ensures you get the best bang for your buck while expanding your game collection.
Steam sales are not all about discounts, though, as they are often accompanied by other interesting events.
This includes Q&As with developers, demo trials for upcoming games, exclusive time-limited offers, live streams, and a lot more.
The Next Steam Sale (Event)
Besides what’s currently happening on Steam, and the popular, scheduled major sales, there are rumors for other, “smaller”, theme-specific Steam events that should happen on the following dates:
Racing Sale – 23 May – 30 May
Next Fest: June 2022 – 13 June – 20 June
Steam Summer Sale 2022 – 23 June – 7 July
Survival Sale – 18 July – 25 July
The Previous Steam Sale (Event)
The last Steam sale was the “Going Rogue – A Festival of Persistence” Event which started on the 2nd of May and lasted until the 9th.
During the Going Rogue Steam event, users could purchase games of the “roguelike” and “roguelite” genres at discounted prices, and the list of titles included in the sale was rather long.
For those who may be unfamiliar with the roguelike genre, Steam created a helpful guide called “A crash course in a confusing (sub) genre” that you can read to better understand games of this type.
If you happen to be a fan of roguelike games but missed this sale, worry not, as we are quite confident that we’ll see many others of this type in the near future.
The second to last sale (event) that took place on Steam was the very first Simfest ever hosted on the platform.
The goal of this event was to celebrate games that simulate a hobby, hence the “hobby edition” addition to its name.
The Simfest – Hobby Edition sale started on the 28th of March and lasted until the 4th of April.
This was a great opportunity for fans of sim games, or as many would like to call them, “simulators,” since many great titles were greatly discounted during the course of the entire event.
Developers could register their games for a discount if they were a part of the sim category, and Steam automatically “bumped” the discounted games higher up on the list the more discounted they were.
But, non-discounted sim games also had the chance to participate.
Like many other sales, the very first Simfest was accompanied by additional cool events, such as the 12 hours of original programming live stream, talk panels, developer live streams, and a lot more.
This was definitely a successful Simfest sale, and we hope to see many others hosted on Steam in the near future.
When Is The Steam Summer Sale?
Every year, Steam organizes two large sales, one of which is the Summer Sale, where games can have their price reduced by as much as ninety percent.
The 2022 Steam Summer Sale is scheduled to begin on the 23rd of June and end on the 7th of July.
Usually, the Steam Summer Sale is accompanied by other mini-events, where you can earn rare collectibles, badges, emotes, and much more.
Given the major discounts and the fact that many gamers have far more free time during the summer, this is easily one of the most anticipated events on the entire Steam platform.
Like the other events on Steam, we can’t know exactly when the Summer Sale will take place. We can guess but, until the exact dates are publicly revealed by Steam, nobody knows for sure.
The Steam Summer Sale dates are usually confirmed a few weeks before it starts.
Judging by previous events, the Summer Sale usually occurs between late June and early July.
When Is The Steam Winter Sale?
The Steam Winter Sale is the other major sale of the year, alongside its summer counterpart. This event is usually accompanied by a lot of New Year-themed content, exciting releases, and, most importantly to many gamers, major discounts.
The 2021 Steam Winter Sale took place on the following date: 22 December — 5 January 2022.
Being one of the two largest sales on the platform, the exact starting and ending dates are kept secret and only released to the public not long before the event takes place.
Usually, the Winter Sale begins a few days before New Year’s Eve and lasts for about a week after it.
As with the Summer Sale, the event is often accompanied by smaller mini-events where you can earn collectible rewards, points, and everything else that helps you show off your profile and collector ambitions in front of the major Steam audience.
If you have some spare time during the winter holidays, keep a close eye on the Winter Sale, as some of the discounted offers in Steam’s store during this event will make you freeze from excitement.
How Long Do Steam Sales Last?
Steam sales and events happen quite often, but not all of them are the same.
Some events will only last for a couple of days, while the two largest sales, such as the Steam summer and winter sales, last for approximately two weeks.
Other Steam sales based on popular real-world events, such as Black Friday and Lunar New Year, can last for an entire week.
With that being said, the two winners for the most awaited events category on this platform remain to be the annual winter and summer sales.
Steam Sale Tips
Expanding your Steam library collection is no doubt one of the most enjoyable hobbies if you’re a video game enthusiast. However, this costs money, and if you want to be successful in it long-term, you should start considering using your funds strategically.
Steam sales are often present to brighten our day with glorious discounts, and here’s how you can get the most out of them.
Use Your Wishlist
In the heat of a Steam sale when rapid purchasing is what most users do, it’s quite easy to lose track and miss the game you’ve been waiting to go on sale for so long.
That is why it’s so important to add games to your wishlist, so when they go on sale you’ll be notified via an e-mail and a notification in the Steam client as well.
Get Familiar With Seasonal Steam Events
As we already mentioned, there isn’t a way to predict the exact dates of Steam sales up until a few days before they happen. But, as most sales are based on a real-world season or event (Halloween, Black Friday, Lunar New Year, etc.), you can get a sense of when approximately they’ll happen.
So, if there’s a game you wish to purchase so much, but you know there might be a sale next week, it’s usually better to wait until the discounts arrive and purchase two or three games for the price of one.
In the long term, this will help you build a rich game collection.
Look Out For Publisher Bundle Sales
Publisher Bundle Sales happen even when there aren’t any ongoing Steam events, and they happen to be one of the best deals when it comes to getting the best bang for your buck.
Publisher Bundle Sales can include dozens of games for a really low price, so if you know the publishing company is nearing a birthday, celebration, or a special event hosted by them, expect something like this to show up in your Steam store.
Knowing exactly when the next Steam sale will take place is very helpful, as you can save money and prepare your wishlist. Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to make perfect predictions as Steam doesn’t confirm the events far in advance.
On the other hand, you can make an educated guess as Steam is generally consistent with the periods during which they organize their sales.