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Steam is the largest online digital gaming platform in the world, and some of that is due to the amount of sales we see from Steam Bundles. Tons of games at a discount is hard to pass up, and for years this has worked in Steam’s favor. Now, however, Valve has announced a change is coming to Steam Bundles, one that will finally include dynamic pricing.

Dynamic Pricing is simple, Steam Bundles will automatically reduce their pricing based on games you may already own. So if a bundle contains a few games you have already bought, the bundle will effectively reduce in price to reflect your previous purchases. 

“Past Complete Packs were sometimes a bad deal for customers that already [owned] one or more of the products in the pack,” according to a Valve representative in documents acquired PCgamesN. “Either it made bad economic sense for those customers to purchase the pack, or they just felt bad about doing so since it [looked] like they were paying for products they already [had]. The new Steam Bundles system addresses this.”

It should be noted that this dynamic pricing has been a part of digital distribution for a few years now. Both GOG and Humble Bundle have allowed consumers to pick and choose which games to include in their bundles in the past, and have marked off games already owned. Other distribution platforms also handle bundles differently than Steam; Origins for example has permanent bundles that package specific game franchises into one big group, instead of mixing and matching titles. 

For Valve the inclusion of dynamic pricing for their bundles is another step in improving Steam as a service platform. Valve has not publicly commented on the new system, although it has been seen in action already. Changeses will likely be ongoing for a short time, to let developers know about the new policy.

So what do you think of this news? Leave your comments below


Robert Grosso

Staff Writer

A game playing, college teaching, erudite-minded scholar who happens to write some articles every so often. Have worked as a journalist, critic, educator and blogger for over five years now, with articles published (as user editorials) on Game Revolution and Giant Bomb as well as a contributor for the websites Angry Bananas and Blistered Thumbs. Now making TechRaptor my home.



  • webkilla

    oh this is nice

  • ColaFlavourChewits

    “…it looked like they were paying for products they already had.” That’s some sneaky speaky going on there. We literally WERE paying for products we already had, but didn’t receive an extra copy.

  • MT Silver

    About time.

  • Professor_Icepick

    I’ve actually been hoping for this stuff for awhile now. Just didn’t think anyone else really cared about it. That or they’d probably just argue that every bundle should’ve given you a giftable copy, as opposed to a select few.

  • Reptile

    It would be nice to choose bewteen discounting the value or receiving an extra copy to send as gift. But discounting is already enough for me.

  • Gargie

    wait,steam has game bundles?

  • SevTheBear

    Hell, it’s about time we got that feature.

  • SomeCollegeStudent

    Yup. Some bundles that I can remember include the Valve complete pack, the STALKER pack and the Fallout Classic pack.

  • Jonbo298

    Also during the various “seasonal” sales, bundles pop up left and right.

  • This is damned good. Although I’m worried this will raise the price of bundles.

  • Zloth

    This could be a VERY big thing for people wanting to buy DLC for games. Right now, when a game is “done” they often sell a bundle that includes all the DLC plus the original game – leaving people who already have the game but no DLC out in the cold. Now those people can get credit for the game and any DLC they already have if they want to complete the collection!