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The next three major Steam sale dates have been leaked

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Valve never do manage to keep sale dates hidden for long, but for the dates of the three next major sales to slip is a bit embarrassing. Not really much they can do about it though, unless they want to hide the dates from developers for longer, or restrict who is able to actually see them.

Here's the dates:

  • Steam Halloween Sale: October 26th 2017 - November 1st 2017
  • Steam Autumn Sale: November 22nd 2017 - November 28th 2017
  • Steam Winter Sale: December 21st 2017 - January 4th 2018

Each sale will apparently start around 6PM UK time and end around the same time on each date, so keep that in mind.

Looks like Observer from Aspyr Media and Bloober Team, will make it just in time for the Halloween sale! I'm very excited for that one.

What are you planning on picking up over the next few sales?

Source, Kotaku.

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Ehvis 20 October 2017 at 11:07 pm UTC
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Steam sale dates are not exactly random. So hiding them at all is pointless to begin with.
Kels 21 October 2017 at 12:01 am UTC
I've been seeing discussion about this, wondering just what the devs who leaked are getting out of this. Seeing as sales are traditionally depressed right before a sale people know the date of, this just hurts their full-price income. It's not exactly a benefit, and in fact I don't really see anything positive for the leakers.
fagnerln 21 October 2017 at 12:13 am UTC
Steam creates a bad habit in their users, me for example, I wait a price drop for at least 40% of the full price...
OLucasZanella 21 October 2017 at 12:23 am UTC
Halloween and Autumn are awfully close to each other.
Kels 21 October 2017 at 12:26 am UTC
OLucasZanellaHalloween and Autumn are awfully close to each other.

The Autumn dates include Black Friday.
nitroflow 21 October 2017 at 1:00 am UTC
fagnerlnSteam creates a bad habit in their users, me for example, I wait a price drop for at least 40% of the full price...

WHich is not bad at all since before I used to pirate games and now I don't at all and spend a lot more then I used to.
Feist 21 October 2017 at 5:43 am UTC
In my case, steam sales doesn´t mean much to me anymore. When I used windows, I used to wait for the sales and then splurge on tons of new games but since switching to linux the pickings have naturally gotten much slimmer.

So, it´s almost gotten to the point where I try to *avoid* the sales, in order to make sure that the linux-porter or linux-supporting developer get the most money from the linux sales. (not that I really think I´m making any significant difference)
BlackBloodRum 21 October 2017 at 9:11 am UTC
nitroflow
fagnerlnSteam creates a bad habit in their users, me for example, I wait a price drop for at least 40% of the full price...

WHich is not bad at all since before I used to pirate games and now I don't at all and spend a lot more then I used to.

I used to do the exact same thing. However, my excuse was "Well, it don't support my OS (Linux) so why the heck should I buy it?".

That excuse got shot out the water, the prices were lower than console so it was "well... I guess I can buy just this one game.. maybe that one too oh and that one.."

Next thing, I've got 165 legally purchased games and don't really pirate them anymore. .

But I'm still a pirate in other media such as music, movies and tv that'll never change. .

My Redemption: Piracy is bad folks, don't do it!


Last edited by BlackBloodRum at 21 October 2017 at 9:13 am UTC
Philadelphus 21 October 2017 at 9:15 am UTC
KelsI've been seeing discussion about this, wondering just what the devs who leaked are getting out of this. Seeing as sales are traditionally depressed right before a sale people know the date of, this just hurts their full-price income. It's not exactly a benefit, and in fact I don't really see anything positive for the leakers.
I've read things by people talking about the impact of Steam sales, where they talk about how they expected to make less money from the sale but actually made a lot more. It seems to be that, instead of getting, say 1,000 people to buy your product at 100% price, dropping to 50% doesn't get you 2,000 people buying for twice the sales (for the same overall profit), but much more than twice the sales.

Like, I have a number of games on my wishlist that I'm only kinda-sort interested in, probably not enough to buy them at full price no matter how long I wait (given that I already have plenty of games competing for my interest). But drop the price by 20, 30,…,75 percent, and suddenly I'm giving it another thought (currently trying to decide on Everspace, which is 33% off at the moment. )
badber 21 October 2017 at 10:10 am UTC
Unfortunately Steam sales aren't what they used to be after they got rid of the flash sales. Still the best time to buy from Steam of course but some of the excitement's gone and the deals aren't as good as they were.
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