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The Steam Awards have been this year’s Steam Winter sale’s gimmick, offering cards for voting in addition to the normal set available for going through your discovery queue. The event has been of interest to many since it began back in November with Valve asking the community to send in their nominees and asking for suggestions for the final award as part of the Steam Autumn sale. Then the Winter Sale came, and Valve revealed who had made it through and announced four different awards to fill that last spot, which all got voted on December 30th.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Valve community driven event without some drama coming up, and this time it wasn’t by the community directly. Instead of some of the cases we’ve seen, like teams arranging who would win each day for one event or other shenanigans over the years, the controversy this time came from developer Studio Wildcard who wrote they would add a Sheep to their game if they won the Best Use of Farm Animals award. In less than a day, they changed tack, announcing instead that they would release it in the next update regardless of how the award turned out.

Still, as we are here on New Year’s Eve with less than 48 hours remaining in the Steam Winter Sale, we have the winners of the various awards here for you, and we’ll run them down. If you want to try them out, you can find them at a bargain with numerous winter sales going on. That being said, it’s not likely you’ll need to add many of these to your library if you have a sizable list of PC Games as the winners almost inevitably went to the biggest name.

Villain Most In Need Of A Hug

  • Winner: Portal 2
  • Other Nominees: Dead by DaylightBorderlands 2Far Cry 3Far Cry 4
  • Best Deal for Winner: 80% off on Steam

I Thought This Game Was Cool Before It Won An Award

  • Winner: Euro Truck Simulator 2
  • Other Nominees: Stardew ValleyStarboundUnturnedPaladins
  • Best Deal for Winner: 75% off on Steam 

Test of Time

  • Winner: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Other Nominees: Civilization VTeam Fortress 2TerrariaAge of Empires 2 HD Edition
  • Best Deal for Winner: 38% off Special Edition Remaster at GamersGate (Affiliate link), Legendary Edition (Non-Remastered classical) 60% off at GamersGate (Affiliate Link)

Just 5 More Minutes

  • Winner: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Other Nominees: Fallout 4Civilization VITerrariaRocket League
  • Best Deal for Winner: 33% off on Steam

Whoooaaaaaaa, dude!

  • Winner: Grand Theft Auto V
  • Other Nominees: Bioshock InfiniteThe Witcher 3: Wild HuntDOOMMetal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Best Deal for Winner: 55% off on GamersGate (Affiliate Link)

Game Within A Game

  • Winner: Grand Theft Auto V
  • Other Nominees: Garry’s ModThe Witcher 3: Wild HuntStanley ParableTabletop Simulator
  • Best Deal for Winner: 55% off on GamersGate (Affiliate Link)

I’m Not Crying, There’s Something In My Eye

  • Winner: The Walking Dead Season 1
  • Other Nominees: This War of MineLife is StrangeUndertaleTo The Moon
  • Best Deal for Winner: 75% off on Steam

Best Use Of A Farm Animal

  • Winner: Goat Simulator
  • Other Nominees: Stardew ValleyArk: Survival EvolvedFarming Simulator 17Blood & Bacon
  • Best Deal for Winner: 80% off on Bundlestars (Affiliate Link)

Boom Boom

  • Winner: DOOM
  • Other Nominees: BroforceJust Cause 3Kerbal Space ProgramKeep Talking and Nobody Explodes
  • Best Deal for Winner: 70% off on GamersGate (Affiliate Link)

Love/Hate Relationship

  • Winner: Dark Souls III
  • Other Nominees: Super Meat BoyDota 2Darkest DungeonGeometry Dash
  • Best Deal for Winner: 50% off on Steam

Sit Back and Relax

  • Winner: Euro Truck Simulator 2
  • Other Nominees: AbzuCities: SkylinesViridiMini Metro
  • Best Deal for Winner: 75% off on Steam 

Better With Friends

  • Winner: Left 4 Dead 2
  • Other Nominees: Gang BeastsDon’t Starve TogetherMagickaGolf With Your Friends
  • Best Deal for Winner: 80% off on Steam

And that wraps up the first Steam Awards, handed out at the end of 2016. The Steam Winter Sale will continue to run through January 2nd, so there’s still time to pick yourself up a little Christmas gift on sale.

What do you think of the winners of the Steam Awards? Any you disagree with? What changes would you like to see made to the process? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


Don Parsons

News Editor

I've been a gamer for years of various types starting with the Sega Genesis and Shining Force when I was young. If I'm not playing video games, I'm often roleplaying, reading, writing, or pondering things brought up by speculative fiction.