Steam Summer Sale 2016 Dates May Have Leaked

Steam Summer Sale 2016 Dates May Have Leaked

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This year's Steam Summer Sale will kick off in late June, if this leak is to be believed.

About this time every year, PC gamers start looking forward to the cornucopia of deals that is the Steam Summer Sale. A screenshot posted to Reddit reveals the start date as June 23, with the sale ending on July 4. The screen shot appears to show a request for discount amounts sent to developers by Valve, and the months appear in Russian.

Normally, a screenshot like this wouldn't be all that reliable, but this one was posted by a user named MrFreemanBBQ, who has a history of getting Steam Sale information very right. He's gotten the dates dead on for the 2015 Summer Sale, the 2013 Holiday Sale, and the 2012 Summer Sale, so it stands to reason that he very well could be right again.

We've reached out to Valve to see if they'll confirm the dates, but I'm not hopeful. In the meantime, join us in the forums, and tell us what games you really want to pick up on sale this summer!

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I find Steam sales to be a lot less exciting after they did away with the extreme "flash" and "daily" discounts and just keep the pricing consistent throughout the whole thing.

Many bothans died to bring us this information..
Now that the enemy battle plans have fallen into our hands, we can prepare to muster our wallets for the wars to come.

Personally im hoping to go collecting the missing pieces of paradox dlc for ck2 and eu4, otherwise im quite full when it comes to games.

Solkard:
I find Steam sales to be a lot less exciting after they did away with the extreme "flash" and "daily" discounts and just keep the pricing consistent throughout the whole thing.

Plus the deals have not been as great as they used to be. I've been around since the first steam sale and it just feels like each one has less pazazz then the previous one.

Solkard:
I find Steam sales to be a lot less exciting after they did away with the extreme "flash" and "daily" discounts and just keep the pricing consistent throughout the whole thing.

What difference does it really make? It's been basically the same crap and same discounts for like four years. It's awesome if you want to save 10-25% on something brand new, I guess, but those never flashed to super low prices anyway.

Oh well. Probably do my usual thing of pick up a few Rocksmith songs and maybe a single game off my stagnating wishlist.

Last few have not been that great, so i'm not holding my breathe.

Very few games I actually want at this point anyway, as so many previous sales have already hit the 75% off mark (at least) on previous games, and I pretty much bought all the ones I wanted that came out in the last year already.

I did get Dark Souls 3 for my ps4 (because I heard there was a ton of bugs on the pc version) and would like to pick it up for my pc eventually....but I doubt it'll go on sale more then 25% off, and i'm not gonna pay that much just to have it on my pc as well.

Add to that my insane backlog of games (over 100 just from previous summer/winter sales) and yeah, don't think it's gonna matter much this year.

If Stardew Valley comes down to a level I can afford, I'd pick that up. will be done with my classes and can justify a little timesink by then. Wouldn't mind the Witcher 3 expansion if its discounted enough, and I always like to pick up a relatively obscure title or 2 just to check out something new. Humble bundles have gotten me a lot of my most wanted games, though.

Have a few things on the wishlist I'd like to get off. Feels like I've been waiting ages for this one. Or maybe that's just because when the games on my wishlist have gone on sale, they are only like 10% off. So I haven't been as excited as I have been in the past. Last great deal I got was for Fallout 4, and that was with a voucher on some other website which activated on Steam.

I'm not too fussed about the lack of flash sales, I'm glad that it's more relaxed and you can pick up deals when you've had some time to think about it. Even though it might *look* like I'm spending impulsively to others, these are all well considered, weighed-out and thought-through decisions alright!

Solkard:
I find Steam sales to be a lot less exciting after they did away with the extreme "flash" and "daily" discounts and just keep the pricing consistent throughout the whole thing.

I suppose, but as someone who works full time and doesn't time to constantly be checking shit, it actually works a lot better.

And honestly, I end up buying more, because I know shit won't get lower if I catch it on a flash sale, and so I buy it immediately instead of waiting and then maybe not buy it.

They need a sale where you get bigger discounts on game genres if you're playing a game of that genre during the sale. Or a game wars.

I really liked the summer adventure sale (either last year or the year before), even if it did get a bit out of hand with the competing teams. The last sale where they just had the discounts going the whole time was really boring since it only had a specialized queue system to give it any variety.

I loved the flash sales and rotating discounts, especially since if I missed anything I could usually wait until the end and catch it again on the 'best of' day. The sales feel a lot more dynamic and really make for a more interesting shopping experience when the prices change.

Well...

Being a new PC gamer... Dude, I'm fucking loving how cheap games can be and shopping around for sales, so this is just gravy to me.

Other than that, if it ain't affecting my Steam wishlist, let alone my followed list, then I'm not sure if I am ready for this...

Solkard:
I find Steam sales to be a lot less exciting after they did away with the extreme "flash" and "daily" discounts and just keep the pricing consistent throughout the whole thing.

To be fair, when the final day of the previous sales just puts everything at its lowest price point, the flash sale stuff falls flat either way.

AzrealMaximillion:

Solkard:
I find Steam sales to be a lot less exciting after they did away with the extreme "flash" and "daily" discounts and just keep the pricing consistent throughout the whole thing.

To be fair, when the final day of the previous sales just puts everything at its lowest price point, the flash sale stuff falls flat either way.

Why would it? The sales usually go on for a week or two. If you catch the max discount at an earlier flash, you get to start playing it earlier.

Your logic escapes me. The complaint is the loss of steeper discounts, not chasing after flash sales themselves.

ffronw:
Steam Summer Sale 2016 Dates May Have Leaked

About this time every year, PC gamers start looking forward to the cornucopia of deals that is the Steam Summer Sale.

Nobody looks forward to it. We all dread it and the damage it will do to our wallets. But we just can't help ourselves.

Hope there's something worth picking up this year. Last year I don't think there was a single game I was intrested in(believe I had this issue during the winter/halloween sales as well). Not sure if it's because my library has gotten too big over the years or because the sales have gotten worse, but I do remember the GTA V sale being laughable.

Solkard:

AzrealMaximillion:

Solkard:
I find Steam sales to be a lot less exciting after they did away with the extreme "flash" and "daily" discounts and just keep the pricing consistent throughout the whole thing.

To be fair, when the final day of the previous sales just puts everything at its lowest price point, the flash sale stuff falls flat either way.

Why would it? The sales usually go on for a week or two. If you catch the max discount at an earlier flash, you get to start playing it earlier.

Your logic escapes me. The complaint is the loss of steeper discounts, not chasing after flash sales themselves.

My logic is that flash sales weren't a very important part of Steam sales. And you're argument for playing a game earlier at a deeper discount early on, what if you buy more than one game? Are you going to download and play 2 or 3 games just because you bought them cheap or just buy all the games at their cheapest at once? I think the flash sales were to drum up ongoing sales numbers for the 2 weeks.

Now your complaint about deeper discount, really, tough luck. That's not up to Valve, that's the publishers and I think indie devs got sick of seeing their games only sell at 75% to 90% off. Especially the not so famous indie devs. Its the expected market consequence of Grey markets existing (G2A) and the fact that Valve finally does refunds.

In the trade off of deeper discounts vs refunds, I take refunds.

...A new hard drive?

Honestly, I'm a little fed up with Steam right now. It isn't set up to automatically launch on boot on my computer any more, so every time I start it now, it's "Hey, we want you to confirm your e-mail! And won't you consider using a more secure authentication system? And now we're going to tie up your broadband connection and dump a gigabyte of updates onto your hard drive before you can even see the details of what those updates do!"

Don't get me wrong, Steam has a lot of great games, frequently at fantastic prices, and makes them extremely easy to get. But just now, I feel like I should ignore the Summer Sale all together until I actually have a new computer that can run everything I might want and a multi-terabyte hard drive I can devote exclusively to Steam. 'Cuz the 500 GB one... it went fast.

DanielBrown:
Hope there's something worth picking up this year. Last year I don't think there was a single game I was intrested in(believe I had this issue during the winter/halloween sales as well). Not sure if it's because my library has gotten too big over the years or because the sales have gotten worse, but I do remember the GTA V sale being laughable.

I can't remember which games, one of them *could* have been GTAV, but some games have been caught purposefully raising their prices pre-steam sales, then giving it a higher percentage off to make it look like you're getting a good deal, when you're getting maybe 5-10 bucks off the original price.

whoops, found it:

http://steamed.kotaku.com/the-truth-behind-the-steam-summer-sale-controversy-1710941999

they kinda did and kinda didn't?

OT: Since I'm out of college now, I've caught up on that backlog of "games I want to get, but at a discount", so usually I only pickup one or two games a year per sale now, between time and money I just can't afford to keep buying every game that's on a huge fucking sale anymore.

Solkard:
I find Steam sales to be a lot less exciting after they did away with the extreme "flash" and "daily" discounts and just keep the pricing consistent throughout the whole thing.

Yeh I used to like checking every day to see what the new list of games was or watching The Salebox. The new format is boring, you just buy everything on day 1 then forget about it.

Crazy Zaul:

Solkard:
I find Steam sales to be a lot less exciting after they did away with the extreme "flash" and "daily" discounts and just keep the pricing consistent throughout the whole thing.

Yeh I used to like checking every day to see what the new list of games was or watching The Salebox. The new format is boring, you just buy everything on day 1 then forget about it.

im seconding that. used to check in every day to see what new flash sales are around, now i just check it all once and forget about it.

DudeistBelieve:
Well...

Being a new PC gamer... Dude, I'm fucking loving how cheap games can be and shopping around for sales, so this is just gravy to me.

You're like a child wandering into the middle of a movie wondering....

You're out of your element, Donny.

One tip though, set a hard limit on new games and don't buy new ones till you have at least played (if not beaten) x amount of the games you already have. I am curious what relative steam account sizes would poll as here. 2 humble bundles and you'll have more games on your account than you expected.
A good steam sale and you're forever a part of the backlog crew. Doomed to wander the net with unplayed games in your account.

Li Mu:

ffronw:
Steam Summer Sale 2016 Dates May Have Leaked

About this time every year, PC gamers start looking forward to the cornucopia of deals that is the Steam Summer Sale.

Nobody looks forward to it. We all dread it and the damage it will do to our wallets. But we just can't help ourselves.

Like an alcoholic looks forward to Saint Patrick's Day, or Cinco De Mayo, or New Year's or there sure are a lot of steam sales and holidays near the end of the year.

How about collective achievements to determine which game(s) is/are given a deep flash discount? Maybe achievements in one game give a discount in another game? Maybe 100,000 rocket league goals in a certain period of time for huge RL and cosmetic discounts? That way you could have friendly competition without the overt unbalance of the last competitive steam sale.

I've loaded up my Wishlist; I hope I don't kill my wallet.

Terminalchaos:

DudeistBelieve:
Well...

Being a new PC gamer... Dude, I'm fucking loving how cheap games can be and shopping around for sales, so this is just gravy to me.

You're like a child wandering into the middle of a movie wondering....

You're out of your element, Donny.

One tip though, set a hard limit on new games and don't buy new ones till you have at least played (if not beaten) x amount of the games you already have. I am curious what relative steam account sizes would poll as here. 2 humble bundles and you'll have more games on your account than you expected.
A good steam sale and you're forever a part of the backlog crew. Doomed to wander the net with unplayed games in your account.

Li Mu:

ffronw:
Steam Summer Sale 2016 Dates May Have Leaked

About this time every year, PC gamers start looking forward to the cornucopia of deals that is the Steam Summer Sale.

Nobody looks forward to it. We all dread it and the damage it will do to our wallets. But we just can't help ourselves.

Like an alcoholic looks forward to Saint Patrick's Day, or Cinco De Mayo, or New Year's or there sure are a lot of steam sales and holidays near the end of the year.

How about collective achievements to determine which game(s) is/are given a deep flash discount? Maybe achievements in one game give a discount in another game? Maybe 100,000 rocket league goals in a certain period of time for huge RL and cosmetic discounts? That way you could have friendly competition without the overt unbalance of the last competitive steam sale.

haaaaaaa

it's already happened. It's fine though, I'm trying to get my podcast off the ground so I imagine giving away bits of the Humble Bundles I don't want on it will help me attract a listener base...

...Also I just end up giving shit to my friends.

I wonder if there is any correlation one way or another between positive or negative self-esteem and the size of your Steam account.....

 

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