The Steam Winter Sale is on – time to break out those wallets

It's that time of year again: the snow is falling, the air hurts your face, everyone is getting together with their family for the Holidays and, of course, the Steam Winter Sale is here. 

Just as every year, there are thousands of games on sale on the biggest PC game distributor out there, including some of the biggest PC games of the year like Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. 

However for the last few years the Steam Winter Sale has been including more complicated extras, and this year is definitely no different. There is, of course, the Steam Awards, where the Steam community can vote on their favorite games from a number of different categories like “Game of the Year,” “Outstanding Story-Rich Game,” or even “Best Game You Suck At.”

This isn't anything new, of course, as the Steam awards have been going on since 2016. The new addition this year is the Steamville Holiday Market. This little meta event will let you acquire tokens, which you can then use to buy chat stickers, chat room effects and other holiday-themed cosmetic effects for Steam. Our recommendation, though, is to bank them up, then spend 5,000 of them to get $5 off a game – we're all for cheap games getting cheaper.

As for how long the sale will last, it looks like you have time to really think about what games you'll use to engorge your Steam library. While there isn't a big banner on the store telling you when it will end, all the sales conveniently end on January 2, so that means you have a good two weeks to pick up a bunch of games for less. 

What's worth buying, though?

Steam has probably the largest catalog of games out of any distribution service on the internet, so finding the best deals is not exactly a walk in the park. Not only are there a ton of games, but there's a lot of bad games on the platform that are really just a waste of your time. 

Luckily, here at TechRadar, we tend to spend an inordinate amount of time looking through storefronts to find good deals to pass on to our readers, and Steam's confusing mess of a store is no different. So, we found the best Steam Winter Sale deals, so you can spend less time shopping and more time gaming. 

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