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The Steam Sales refer to annual discount events that take place on Valve's video game software distribution platform Steam, most notably the Steam Summer Sale held annually at the start of summer break and the Steam Holiday Sale during the holiday season. During these events, a large selection of titles become available for purchase at a discount price for limited time, and as a result, many Steam customers tend to make impulse purchases and overspend.
Steam is a social and gaming software developed by Valve in 2003 with the intention of allowing its users to buy and play games from their home. Since its launch, Steam has grown into one of the largest online video game distribution platforms with more than 4 million users worldwide and additional features like the Market, Trading Cards, and Modding Hub.
Every year, there are sales for each season, winter, summer, fall, and spring. With the popularity of PC Gaming and Steam gradually increasing, these sales would often cause a spike in users online at a time, and increases the number of people who use Steam. Because of the popularity of Steam and the Holiday Sales increasing, more and more games are added to the software, which then makes more and more games go on sale each season.
Well known gaming websites such as IGN and Gamespot typically post news and announcements for the Holiday Sales when they happen, as well as especially good sales, such as BioShock Infinite being on sale for 50% off. Other websites such as Reddit, 4chan, and Cheezburger typically have several posts relating to the Sale each time there is a new one. The website Gaben.tv was created to have sales numbers fall from the top of the screen and graphics of various games that are up for sale with the song "Are you ready for a miracle" looping in the background.
"Steam is Experiencing Some Heavy Load Right Now"
During the sales, the store frequently experiences downtime due to the heavy volume of incoming traffic and an error message is displayed to indicate that "Steam is experiencing some heavy load right now." Soon, frustrated shoppers began referencing "heavy load" in fat jokes targeted at Gabe Newell and Valve. Some fans become confused or upset when they cannot access the store. Some news websites have written articles stating that gamers "crashed" the site.
Meanwhile, other shoppers have celebrated the opening day of each Steam sales event with remix videos featuring footage of films, TV shows and commercials.
YouTuber Total Biscuit uploads several videos of the Steam Holiday Sales (One is shown below) in which he rounds up what was on sale for each day and his opinion on the games, with a video for every day. Each video receives around 100,000 Views and 2,000 Likes.
2017 Summer Sale
On June 22nd 2017, Valve announced its summer Steam Sale. Major discounted games include Shadow of Mordor, Mafia III, Rocket League, Dishonored 2, Firewatch and several Final Fantasy and Call of Duty games. At the start of the sale, gamers launched a boycott of Take Two, Rockstar, and 2k for their Cease and Desist of OpenIV. Two notable videos were released on the day of the sale parodying the upcoming frenzy with which people would spend money. One by ClintBeastwood parodied Game of Thrones and gained over 36,000 views in one day (shown below, left). Another by NotAnotherAverageJoe, posted on May 22nd, gained over 150,000 views (shown below, right).
 Steam – Welcome to Steam
 IGN – The Steam Sale is Upon Us
 Gamespot – Valve Kicks Off Steam Summer Sale 2013
 Reddit – Steam Sale Search Results
 4chan – /v/ STEAM SUMMER SALE 2013
 Memebase – Steam Sale
 Gaben.tv – PRAISE LORD GABEN
 Steam Forums – Steam store under heavy load?
 Rely on Horror – Gamers crash Steam Summer Sale, but check out those sales!
 Steam Forums – The Steam Store is experiencing some heavy load right now. Please try again later
 The Verge – The best deals on Steam’s summer sale: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Mafia III, and more
 Reddit – With the Steam Summer sale coming up, remember to not buy any Take Two games for them sending a Cease and Desist to the Open IV modders. This affects you fellow gamer!
 Reddit – With the Steam Summer sale coming, don't support Take Two, Rockstar and 2K for them shutting down Open IV
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