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When Does the Steam Winter Sale Start?

Twice a year, you'll find plenty of deals and discounts on PC video games at Steam. Here's what you need to know to save the most cash.
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Gamers, are you excited to stock up on PC games for the long winter ahead? While it's frosty outside, you can stay inside and play all your favorite titles from the Steam Winter Sale. Read on to see when the sale will start, and what kind of deals you can expect.

What Is the Steam Winter Sale?

Steam has two big sales every year — one in the summer, and one in the winter. Each one lasts around two weeks, providing ample opportunities to snag deeply discounted titles. Last year, this holiday sale took up to 90% off a variety of titles, including base games and DLC for Windows, Mac, and Linux systems.

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When Does the Steam Sale Start?

The Steam Winter Sale tends to start a few days before Christmas, and continues until just after the beginning of the new year. Last year, it began on December 23, and we can expect it to begin around December 22 this year if those trends hold. It carried on through January 2, which means it should end around a similar date this time around.

The Steam Winter Sale starts a few days before Christmas, and continues until just after the new year.

It's worth noting that the dates for the Steam holiday sales leaked earlier this year. If you trust the leak, the Winter Sale should span from December 21 to January 4.

What Game Discounts Will Steam Offer?

Although Steam will boast deals of up to 90% off, the best discounts are usually on older titles. However, if you happen to find a game you've been eyeing for 75% off or more, don't wait for a better deal — you likely won't see one soon.

Even though older titles typically have the deepest discounts, that doesn't mean newer titles are excluded. Releases that have been out for at least six months can still see anywhere from 30% to 50% off, which is an excellent deal. More recent games will typically see smaller discounts. Still, it's entirely possible to take 15% to 25% off titles released in the last two to three months.

Readers, will you be shopping the Steam Winter Sale? What games are you excited to snag discounts on? Let us know in the comments below.


Staff Writer

Julie joined DealNews in 2015, after many years of becoming well-versed in technology issues as a communications professional for a software company. She first entered journalism in college, reporting on issues facing frugal students for CollegeCandy.com. Julie lives in DealNews' hometown of Huntsville, AL.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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