According to reports that have originally started on Reddit and then were verified by the online publication EuroGamer, the dates for this year's upcoming Steam sales have been leaked publicly. I haven't been able to verify the information myself, so you should take the information with a gram of salt, but there's also no reason for anyone to believe that the information is false. So, let me begin by telling you the dates, then we will discuss them for a bit:
- The Steam Halloween Sale will take place between October 26th and November 1st.
- The Steam Black Friday Sale will happen between the 22nd and 28th of November.
- The Steam Winter Sale will begin on December 21st and will end on the 4th of January 2018.
The first thing that stands out is that the Halloween Sale will be twice as long this year, which is great if you're the kind of person who takes a while to make a decision, but also could be bad for compulsive buyers especially with the Steam Black Friday Sale and the regular Black Friday offers so close by. On the plus side, Valve's online marketplace has given up on flash sales, which means that any discount that you see will remain available throughout the entire duration of the sale.
What's even better is that unlike a lot of regular stores, Steam doesn't increase its prices before the sale period so that the discounts would look huge, which means you can actually get some good deals out of this. Don't get me wrong, you probably won't be able to buy this year's triple-A titles at half their value, but last year's games will most likely carry a significant discount. Furthermore, games made by lesser-known developer usually have big discounts, so you might want to keep a look out for those as well. At least now that you know exactly when the sales are going to be, you can get your Wallet prepared and maybe do a few trades to get even more money for new games.
On the other hand, you should keep in mind that the other major player on the PC gaming market, GOG will most likely have its own sales with discounts comparable to the ones that Steam offers. Even though in my experience, GOG games get updated a bit later than on Steam, the fact that anything your purchase is DRM-free, so you can share it with your family and friends is a really big advantage.
Unfortunately, the Halloween Sale will be too short, so I probably won't have time to draw your attention to the offers that are really good, but I'll surely give you guys my opinion about what's worth looking into during the Black Friday and Winter Sale. In the meantime, try not to overspend and don't forget to only buy games that you actually want to play, not ones that you'll leave in your library untouched for months. In case you're out of ideas, take a look at the best co-op games available, as nothing beats being able to have fun along with your mates.