Learn when the next Steam Sale will begin, and what the forecast is for the year. Awaited by gamers yet dreaded by their wallets, Steam Sales are unlikely to cease in 2021, prompting many a countdown as each of them draws closer. They have become landmark moments of the year when tons of titles get discounted, including some of the year's major releases.
Since preparing for Steam Sale Events ahead of time is important for the judicious spender (at least until we're faced with the sheer amount of discounted stuff and inevitably buy more than we could ever hope to play), here's our expected schedule of Steam Sales for 2021.
Several Steam Sales take place throughout the year, giving ample opportunities for players to complete their collections at a discounted price.
Some Steam sales have made a habit of beginning on Thursdays, at 10 AM PDT/ 7 PM GMT, however, there have been exceptions in the past. Regardless of when they start, countdowns usually begin weeks prior to those dates, and we can only blame the draw of cheaper games.
Here's a quick look at when we're expecting to see 2021's Steam sales take place, although we'll go into further detail on each of them during the course of this Steam Sale Timeline article.
Steam Sale 2021
- Steam Lunar Sale 2021 - February 11 - February 15
- Steam Golden Week Sale 2021 - April 29 - May 6
- Steam Open World Sale 2021 - May 27 - May 31
- Steam Season of Pride Sale 2021 - June 9 - June 23
- Steam Summer Sale 2021 - June 24 - July 8
- Steam Halloween Sale 2021 - October 28 - November 1
- Steam Autumn Sale 2021 - November 24 - December 1
- Steam Winter Sale 2021 - December 22 - January 5
Here's our expected schedule of Steam Sales for 2021, including the Lunar Sale, Summer of Pride, Summer Sale, Halloween Sale, Autumn Sale, and Winter Sale dates. These times should give you a good indication of when the Steam Sales begin.
Steam Lunar Sale 2021
Active between: February 11 - February 15
Depending on who you ask, the Steam Lunar Sale 2021 is either the first sale of the year or "that sale after the big Steam winter sale." Regardless of how you view it, the Steam Lunar Sale 2021 marks February only countdown, coming with its own series of discounts while potentially introducing a new minigame.
Steam Golden Week Sale 2021
Active between: April 29 - May 6
The Steam Golden Week Sale 2021 celebrates Japanese video game developers. It usually takes place during the Golden Week itself – which is a period starting on April 29 that contains multiple Japanese holidays – and features discounts for games from publishers like Capcom, Bandai Namco, Square Enix, and others.
Steam Open World Sale 2021
Active between: May 27 - May 31
The Steam Open World Sale replaces the Spring Cleaning Event in 2021, discounting multiple open-world games while also including live streams of the participating titles. A newcomer in the yearly sales arena, it sounds like a perfect time to grab games into which you can easily sink tens of hours, if not more.
Steam Season of Pride Sale 2021
Active between: June 9 - June 23
The Steam Season of Pride Sale 2021 shines the spotlight on lots of LGBTQIA+ inclusive games, both upcoming and released. Its discounts largely apply to indie titles, usually covering a variety of genres.
Steam Summer Sale 2021
Active between: June 24 - July 8
The Steam Summer Sale 2021 is the only major mid-year opportunity for grabbing a large number of titles at a discounted price. It introduced Game Profiles in the Points Shop, and included a Choose Your Own Adventure-style mini-event. Each day, you can also get an event trading card for going through your Discovery queue.
Steam Halloween Sale 2021
Active between: October 28 - November 1
While horror games will also be discounted throughout the year, the Steam Halloween Sale 2021 mainly focuses on them. If you're a fan of the genre, this is the one to look out for, especially since it tends to be accompanied by multiple in-game Halloween events. That being said, you should also find some of those non-horror titles on your wishlist discounted.
Steam Autumn Sale 2021
Active between: November 24 - December 1
The Steam Autumn Sale 2021 targets the period around Black Friday and Cyber Monday, making sure that PC gamers don't miss out on some sweet discounts. Aside from cheaper games the Steam Autumn Sale 2021 also lets players nominate their favorite titles for the end-of-year Steam Awards.
Steam Winter Sale 2021
Expected to be active between: December 22 - January 5
The Steam Winter Sale 2021 is the final countdown of the year, the big one, the sale everyone is anticipating, the emptier of wallets and grower of libraries. The most significant discounts are active now, alongside voting for the yearly Steam Awards. In past years, each new Winter Sale came with a minigame of its own, but this wasn't the case in 2020.
Also check out our Epic Games Store 2021 sale schedule to keep track of more opportunities to buy cheaper games.
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