Summer is always a busy time for deals, and while huge sales from Nintendo, Xbox, and PlayStation have already ended, one of the season’s biggest gaming sales just launched. Every June, Steam users look forward to an absolute truckload of PC games going on sale as part of the platform’s annual Summer Sale, and the time has finally come: Steam Summer Sale 2020 is live now, as predicted by a developer at SteamDB back in May.
Steam Summer Sale 2020 dates and times
Steam Summer Sale 2020 kicked off today, June 25, and will run until July 9, ending at 10 PM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST.
Steam Summer Sale theme and trading cards
While last year’s Steam Summer Sale had a unique Grand Prix theme, Steam Summer Sale 2020 looks to have a more generic summer road trip theme. There’s no real mini-game this year, but you can earn Summer Sale trading cards. You’ll get one trading card for every $10 USD that you spend; plus, you’ll earn one card a day during the sale by completing your Discovery Queue. You can then craft those cards to gain levels for the Summer Road Trip Badge.
A “Road Trip Special” is also available during the Steam Summer Sale. You can save an additional $5 on any purchase of $30 or more. The discount is applied at checkout. There’s also a free sticker to claim each day the sale is live.
Steam Summer Sale introduces Points Shop
Steam has launched the Points Shop alongside the Summer Sale, which will now be open year-round and lets you earn points as you shop. You’ll earn 100 points for every dollar you spend, whether that’s on a game, DLC, application, soundtrack, or in-game items. Those points can then be redeemed for Profile or Chat items, including animated avatars, frames, backgrounds, and badges.
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, heartwarming, 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’s best deals
We’ll have more coverage of the Steam Summer Sale’s best game deals coming shortly, but as usual, literally thousands of games are seeing major markdowns across nearly every genre, from first-person shooters and action-adventure games to city-building games, horror games, and more.
- A Plague Tale: Innocence — $15.29 (
- Jackbox Party Pack 6 — $21 (
- Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain — $6 (
- Valkyria Chronicles 4 – Complete Edition — $17 (
- Doom Eternal — $30 (
- Disco Elysium — $30 (
- Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun — $6 (
- Helldivers — $10 (
- Tabletop Simulator — $10 (
- Total War: Warhammer II — $20.39 (
- Dragon Quest Builders II — $36 (
- Titanfall 2 — $9.89 (
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition — $16 (
- Outer Wilds — $16.65 (
- Dark Souls III – Deluxe Edition — $21.24 (
- Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot — $36 (
- Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order — $30 (
- …and more