Steam 2020 Summer Sale Live With A New Points Shop
It’s Summer, and if you’re not outside melting by the pure blistering heat then you probably know about the Steam Summer Sale; an absolutely massive sale for video games across Valve’s digital storefront. But this year Valve has introduced an interesting new system too called Steam Points, which are redeemable for cosmetic items on your profile. Collect 100 points for every $1 you spend on “any game, DLC, hardware, application, soundtrack, or in-game item”, and then redeem those points for special cosmetic rewards like “Animated Avatars, Frames, Backgrounds, Badges and Chat items” etc. None of these items however are marketable or tradeable.
This year’s Summer Sale comes with the new addition of a permanent Points Shop. The shop will sell dozens of souvenir items for players to collect, like animated stickers, chat effects, profile backgrounds, avatars, and more. There will even be several items directly related to certain games. To collect these new items, players will have to spend points, which they’ll earn with each purchase they make on Steam.
You can also redeem your points to get a background or emoticon for games you already own, including those that were previously associated with trading cards. Another new feature: Community Awards, which let you reward reviews or other user-generated content that you find particularly insightful, heart-warming, or notable in some other way. There are also badges you can earn by rewarding others’ content.
Unlike previous Steam sales where items you earned expired after a certain amount of time, any Point Shop items will be yours to keep and have unlimited uses, with the exception of a special Summer Golden Profile that you can purchase it’ll display for up to 30 days.
Steam Summer Sale 2020 dates and times
Steam Summer Sale 2020 kicked off Thursday, June 25, and will run until July 9, ending at 10 PM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST.