From on high, the lords and masters of PC Gaming Valve have descended with a new announcement, this time revealing the upcoming Steam sales dates, as well as how they are making adjustments for their sale lineup.
What are the Steam Sales changes?
The change here is that there will no longer be a lunar New Year sale on Steam. Instead, they have added a new Spring sale to their group of four major sales a year. According to Valve, the reason for this is that they had gotten a lot of feedback that the Lunar New Year sale was often too close to the December holiday sale. The Lunar New Year originated to celebrate the number of developers and customers from Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, and South Korea in 2016, but that was six years ago, and now is just part of the ordinary Steam landscape. They do expect that there will be many developers discounting around the Lunar New Year, and running events, but it won't be a major Steam sale.
In its place will be the Spring Sale, joining the Autumn, Summer, and Winter sales. The Spring sale will have a similar store change as the other seasonal sales with a different layout focusing on deals. Many developers and publishers had requested a Spring sale as well, which made it a natural fit to slot in with them wanting to move away from the Lunar New Year sale.
When are the upcoming Steam Sales Dates?
Beyond this change in sales, there was also a reveal of the upcoming Steam Sales through the first major Spring sale in early 2023.
Autumn Sale: Nov 22nd to Nov 29th
Winter Sale: Dec 22nd to Jan 5th
Spring Sale: March 16th to 23rd
This is the latest change from Valve, which has been making a lot of waves lately, whether it's with updates to Steam showing previously internal release dates, to the Steam Deck, which has been shipping out at an increasing pace.