The Steam sale dates for 2021 are now official, as Valve has given us the unexpected treat of laying out the specific windows for its upcoming promotions ahead of time.
Usually we're left to guess when Steam sale dates will fall based on when they've run in the past. However, a public post to the official Steamworks Documentation page puts them all in order, so you know exactly when to start preparing your bank account for the onslaught of deals. The page also provides a little extra insight about the focus of each sale, though the only one detailed so far is the impending Halloween celebration.
Steam Halloween Sale 2021 dates
The Steam Halloween Sale 2021 dates are set for October 28 through November 1, and Valve also noted that the event will have "a special focus on content updates and in-game events in celebration of the theme" - that is, on video game Halloween events.
Steam Autumn Sale 2021 dates
The Steam Autumn Sale 2021 dates are set to run from November 24 to 30 - which, if you're counting, is two days before Black Friday through the day after Cyber Monday. Yeah, Valve knows what it's doing
Steam Winter Sale 2021 dates
Always one of the biggest events in Steam's calendar, the Steam Winter Sale 2021 dates will stretch from December 22 to January 5, 2022. That's two full weeks of discounts, so you'd better start budgeting accordingly.
Those are the only official dates so far, but it's safe to assume that Valve will keep rolling into the new year with the usual Lunar New Year and Summer sales when it's ready.
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