Steam is the world’s largest and most popular digital video game distribution platform. Owned and operated by The Valve Corporation, this platform’s daily active user count reaches far out into the millions, a truly astonishing number.
Steam has a lot to offer its users, making it stand above the competitors in its field.
According to members of the Steam community, the platform’s regular sales and events are among the main reasons for choosing Steam as their preferred place to buy games and DLCs (Downloadable Content).
This guide will explain everything you should know regarding Steam sales and ensure you don’t miss the next one.
Let’s get into it.
Table of ContentsShow
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 oriented around developing and leveling your profile, collecting badges, and displaying your achievements.
If you’ve read our guide exploring Steam’s level-up system, you already know that Steam sales are an opportunity to increase your account’s XP. Some members of Steam’s community are pretty 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 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 events long before they happen. Dates remain a company secret. Sales also don’t fall on the same days each year, making it impossible to predict them with absolute certainty long before they happen.
Sometimes, there are leaks on popular websites, such as SteamDB, suggesting approximate predictions, and that’s where most people get their information.
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 crucial 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 more accurately.
That said, here’s what we know with certainty about the ongoing Steam events in the following section below.
Ongoing Steam Sales And Events
With great excitement, we’re announcing the start of the recurring and well-known Steam Next Fest, this time, the February Edition.
This is the first Next Fest for 2023, and we’re thrilled to let you know what it brings to the table.
As you already know, the Next Fest Steam event is a recurring, weeklong celebration of upcoming games on the platform, and the best opportunity to try demos of those titles for free.
If this is your first Next Fest, you can take a look at this video trailer to get you started.
Steam’s Next Fest event is a great opportunity for both developers and their fans to connect, discuss ideas, improve things, and have a good time.
Since day one, there are developer livestreams during which you can engage and communicate, making this recurring, signature event on the platform more than just a regular sale.
Use this link as a button to dive into the event, search games by categories and try their demos, as well as discuss anything with the community. We hope you have a good time!
The Next Steam Sale – List Of Upcoming Events
Besides what’s currently happening on Steam regarding the popular, scheduled, regular sales, there are rumors for other “smaller,” theme-specific Steam events that should occur on the following dates:
S team Bash Bash – 19 September – 25 September (2022) – Finished Next Fest (October Edition) – 3 October – 10 October (2022) – Finished Steam Scream Fest – 25 October – 1 November (2022) – Finished Autumn Sale – 22 November – 29 November (2022) – Finished! Winter Sale – 22 December – 05 January (2022/03) – Finished! Base Builder Fest – 23 January – 30 January (2023) – Finished
Next Fest (February Edition) – 6 February – 13 February (2023) – Currently Ongoing!
Mystery Fest – 20 February – 27 February (2023) – Upcoming
Spring Sale – 16 March – 23 March (2023) – Upcoming
Steam Puzzle Fest – 24 April – 1 May (2023) – Upcoming
The Previous Steam Sale(s)
This section contains information about the last two Steam sales and a summary of all the features and excitements that came along with them.
It’s frequently updated, so as soon as a Steam sale or event ends, you’ll see it added here on the first spot as the latest one that recently ended.
If you somehow missed the events, this section is a reliable way to find out what was happening and what to expect from the same event in the future.
The Last Steam Sale
The 2023 Steam Base Builder Fest was the last sale to take place on the platform. It began on the 23rd of January and lasted for a full week before ending on the 30th.
As the name suggests, this event was a celebration for games that include the base building feature or are fully built around it. So, throughout its course, you could find numerous games of this genre significantly discounted on the Steam Store page.
The list of discounted games included some very popular and nicely-rated titles, such as Ark Survival Evolved, Cities Skylines, Age of Empires, Fallout 76, Satisfactory, and more!
The Steam Base Builder fest is a new addition to the platform, but as the number of games with this theme keeps increasing, we believe we’ll see more of it in the future. So, if you’ve somehow missed it, we’re quite optimistic that a new edition of Steam’s Base Builder fest will arrive sometime later this year.
The Second To Last Steam Sale
The second to last Steam sale was the 2022 edition of the long-awaited and known to many Steam Winter Sale.
The event started on the 22nd of December and lasted for two weeks, crossing over into 2023 and ending on the 5th of January.
Like every other winter sale, this one was special in its own way and granted Steam users a chance to win many rewards for their profiles, as well as two weeks of amazing discounts and a chance to build their game collection without spending much.
The rewards included a free daily sticker, trading cards that you can use to craft and upgrade the new Winter Sale badge (or trade with other players for various items in return), rewards for casting your vote for some of the nominated games in the Steam Awards section, and more!
The most important thing however were the freezing cold discounts for some of the best games on the platform, dropping as low as eighty percent for some titles.
The excitement didn’t stop there, though
As we all know, every Steam Winter Sale is a home for the Steam Game Awards event, so if you’ve nominated games throughout the Autumn Sale earlier, chances are some of them made it to the final voting stages, or even won an award in a specific category!
All in all, this was a wonderful Winter Sale, and as always, nothing less than what users expected.
We can’t wait for the next one!
When Is The Steam Summer Sale?
Every year, Steam organizes two large sales, one of which is the Summer Sale, during which games can have their price reduced by as much as ninety percent.
The 2022 Edition of Steam’s Summer Sale began on the 23rd of June and ended on the 7th of July.
Usually, the Steam Summer Sale is accompanied by other mini-events during which you can earn rare collectibles, badges, emotes, profile XP, and much more.
Given the significant 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 cannot know the exact Summer Sale date. Until Steam publically reveals the dates, nobody can provide accurate information, and we can only have an approximate guess.
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 usually brings a lot of New Year-themed content, exciting game releases, and, most importantly, to many collectors, jaw-dropping discounts.
The 2022 Steam Winter Sale started on the 22nd of December (2022) and lasted until the 5th of January (2023).
As one of the two significant 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 often comes with smaller mini-happenings during which you can earn collectible rewards, points, and everything else that helps you show off your profile and collector ambitions in front of the large 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 will make you freeze from excitement.
How Long Do Steam Sales Last?
Steam sales and events happen often, but not all are the same.
Some events will only last a few days, while the two most significant sales, such as the summer and winter ones, 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.
That said, no event beats the annual summer and winter sales regarding length, discounts, rewards, and anything else a Steam sale could bring.
Steam Sale Tips
Expanding your Steam library collection is undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable hobbies for video game enthusiasts. However, it costs money, and if you want to be successful in it long-term and build a rich collection, you must use 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 easy to lose track and miss the game you’ve been waiting to go on sale for so long.
That is why it’s crucial to add games to your wishlist, so when they go on sale, you’ll receive a notification via an e-mail and within the Steam client.
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, most are related to real-world seasons or events (Halloween, Black Friday, Lunar New Year, the beginning of Summer, etc.), so 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 buy 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 are one of the best deals for getting the best bang for your buck while buying games.
They can include dozens of games for a 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 precisely when the next Steam sale will happen is helpful, as you can save money and prepare your wishlist. Unfortunately, making perfect predictions is impossible 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, and, of course, keep an eye out on this guide to get instant insight as soon as a leak containing the date for an upcoming sale is confirmed.