Steam Summer Sale 2017 tips

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 22, 2017
Updated • Jan 4, 2018
Games, Misc

The Steam Summer Sale 2017 beings today on June 22, 2017. It is an event that many PC gamers -- and also some Mac and Linux gamers -- look forward to as thousands of games, apps and some hardware will be available often at huge discounts to the regular price (up to 90%).

Sales on Steam are not as eventful anymore as they have been years ago. This comes down to an increase in sales throughout the year, and that there is no real "event" anymore that is integrated into the sale.

What you get are deals, and an opportunity to earn some cards each day by going through stacks of suggestions.

The following tips help you get the most out of the Steam Summer Sale 2017.

Steam Summer Sale 2017 Tips

steam summer sale 2017

Don't rush

There is no need to rush things. Steam will be swarmed by users, especially on the first day of sales. This impacts not only the Steam Store, but also games and the general availability of Steam.

The main reason why there is no need to rush things is that discounts are valid throughout the sale period. This is different compared to sales a couple of years ago; Steam sales included deals that were only good for a short period of time, and thus were usually discounted more heavily than the regular discount of the game in question.

Since this is no longer the case, you will get the same discount regardless of when you purchase the item throughout the sales period.

Use SteamDB

SteamDB is a database for Steam games. It has a dedicated sales page that offers better listings of games, plenty of filters, and information on whether the current price is the highest recorded discount for a game or not.

You can sort games by price, discount, rating, release date, and even mix filters. One interesting option would be to list all games with a discount of at least 75% that have received an average rating of 90% or more.

Use Enhanced Steam

Enhanced Steam is a browser add-on that improves the Steam Store a lot. Some of the features that it supports include:

  • Price Comparison -- Enhanced Steam highlights the lowest price and historical lowest price using third-party stores and shops.
  • DRM -- The add-on informs you whether a game makes use of DRM.
  • Other dependencies -- Information on whether a game requires additional software, e.g. uPlay.

Bundles are usually worth it

While you can buy any game or DLC on its own, it is bundles that often offer the best value for the money. Bundles come in three major flavors:

  • Publisher Bundles -- Multiple games of a single publisher. Useful to buy an entire series of games, or a lot of games in bulk.
  • Game Bundles -- These include the core game and most or all the add-ons or DLCs released for that game.
  • Player Packs -- This is for multiplayer games only. You buy multiple copies of a game that you gift to some of your Steam friends then.

Game Bundles are great, as you get the full experience if all DLC and add-ons are included. This is especially important for games that throw dozens or more DLCs at you (Paradox I'm talking to you).

Steam deducts games or DLC automatically that you own already from the purchase price so that you don't end up paying for the same item multiple times.

Downside to Publisher Bundles is that you may buy games that you will never play, and that you cannot park them in your inventory anymore.

Adding purchases as Gifts is no longer an option

Valve changed recently how Gifts work on Steam. Valve retired options to gift to inventory, which means that you cannot buy games anymore during sales and store them in your Steam inventory.

This was pretty useful for buying bundles, as you could trade games of a bundle that you were not interested in.

Sell Trading Cards early

If you get trading cards, either through making purchases on Steam -- you get 1 trading card for any $10 that you spend -- or by going through the lists of suggestions, you may want to sell them as quickly as possible.

The price of cards goes down a lot usually throughout the sales period. While you may get 50 cents or more on day one for a card, most cards sell for 3 cents near the end of the sales period.

You can earn enough through cards to buy some games from the money that you earned.

See how to earn money on Steam for detailed instructions.

Grab a 5€ PayPal gift

I don't know whether this option is only available for German PayPal users, or for PayPal users in other countries as well.

You can grab a 5€ gift card, and if you make a purchase of 20€ or more on Steam the next time using PayPal as the payment processor, the 5€ is automatically dedicated from the purchase. PayPal notes that this option is available for 18000 users.

You may want to check out our general guide on Steam Sales here as well as it offers more tips and suggestions.


The Steam Summer Sale includes a Sticker book. You can earn sticker packs by completing quests (such as going through your discovery queue, making sure your preferences are in order, or checking your friends activity on Steam). Missed quests can be completed on later days on the Summer Sale progress page.

Stickers can only be earned through quests, they cannot be purchased on the market. Pages that you fill with stickers get unlocked permanently on the account. Sticker albums have no other effect.

Now You: Have another tip on getting the most out of Steam sales? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Seeprime said on September 8, 2023 at 4:12 pm

    Missing from the “story”: Ukraine’s agreement to never use Starlink for military purposes. This is why.

    Ghacks quality is AI driven and very poor these days since AI is really artificial stupidity.

    1. Karl said on September 12, 2023 at 9:10 pm

      “Elon Musk biographer Walter Isaacson forced to ‘clarify’ book’s account of Starlink incident in Ukraine War

      “To clarify on the Starlink issue: the Ukrainians THOUGHT coverage was enabled all the way to Crimea, but it was not. They asked Musk to enable it for their drone sub attack on the Russian fleet. Musk did not enable it, because he thought, probably correctly, that would cause a major war.”

      1. Karl said on September 14, 2023 at 5:58 pm

        I posted above comment to:

        Not to the following article about Geforce where I currently also can see it published:

  2. Anonymous said on September 11, 2023 at 10:09 pm

    Well, using Brave, I can see Llama 2 being decent, but it is still not great?
    All these AI stuff seems more like a ‘toy’ than anything special, I mean, it is good for some stuff like translations or asking quick questions but not for asking anything important.

    The problem is Brave made it mostly for summarizing websites and all that, but all these Big tech controlled stuff, won’t summarize articles it doesn’t agree with, so it is also useless in many situations where you just want it to give you a quick summarization, and then it starts throwing you little ‘speeches’ about how it doesn’t agree with it and then it never summarizes anything, but give you all the 30 paragraphs reasons why the article is wrong, like if I am asking it what it thinks.

    SO all this AI is mostly a toy, but Facebook with all the power they have will be able to get so much data from people, it can ‘train’ or better say, write algorithms that will get better with time.

    But It is not intelligence, it is really not intelligence all these AI technology.

  3. Tom Hawack said on September 14, 2023 at 2:11 pm

    Article Title: Tech leaders meet to discuss regulation of AI
    Article URL: []

    The eternal problematic of regulating, here applied to AI. Should regulations (interventionism) have interfered in the course of mankind ever since Adam and Eve where would we be now? Should spirituality, morality, ethics never have interfered where would we be now? I truly have always believed that the only possible consensus between ethics and freedom is that of individuals’ own consciousness.

    Off-topic : Musk’s beard looks like a wound, AI-Human hand-shake is a quite nice pic :)

    1. Karl said on September 14, 2023 at 5:55 pm

      Haha, oh dear, Tom.
      I thought that the comments system issue where comments shows up under a totally different article was fixed. But seeing your comment here, the “error” is clearly still active. Hopefully it is sorted as soon as possible.

      1. Tom Hawack said on September 14, 2023 at 6:40 pm

        Article Title: Tech leaders meet to discuss regulation of AI
        Article URL: []

        Hi Karl :) Well, let’s remain positive and see the good sides : one’s comment appearing within different articles (the one it was written form and for, another unrelated one) brings ubiquity to that comment : say it once and it’s published twice, double your pleasure and double your fun (“with double-mint, double-mint gum” and old ad!). Let’s forget the complications and inherited misunderstandings it leads to. Not sure the fun is worth the complications though. Which is why, with a few others here, I include Article Title & URL with comment, to ease a bit the pain.

        This said, I’m trying to find a logic key which would explain the mic-mac. One thing is sure : comments appearing twice keep the same comment number.

        For instance my comment to which you replied just above is originally :


        It then got duplicated to :


        Same comment number, which let’s me imagine comments are defined by their number as before but now dissociated in a way from their full path : that’s where something is broken, as i see it.

        First amused me, then bothered, annoyed (I took some holidays to lower the pressure), then triggered curiosity.
        I’m putting our best detectives on the affair, stay tuned.

      2. Karl said on September 16, 2023 at 8:58 am

        Hehe, yes indeed, staying positive is what we should do. Good comes for those who wait, as the old saying goes. Hopefully true for this as well.

        Interesting that the comments number stays the same, I noted that one thing is added to the duplicated comment in the URL, an error code, the following: “error-code-0x0003”.

        Not useful for us, but hopefully for the developers (if there are any?), that perhaps will be able to sort this comments error out. Or our detectives, I hope they work hard on this as we speak ;).

        Cheers and have a great weekend!

      3. Karl said on September 16, 2023 at 9:18 am

        Whoops, my bad. I just now realized that the error I saw in your example URL (error-code-0x0003) was part of the linked article title and generated by Geforce! Oh dear! Why did I try to make it more confusing than it already is lol!

        Original comment:


      4. Tom Hawack said on September 16, 2023 at 9:20 am

        Article Title: Tech leaders meet to discuss regulation of AI
        Article URL: []

        @Karl, you write,

        “I noted that one thing is added to the duplicated comment in the URL, an error code, the following: “error-code-0x0003”.”

        I haven’t noticed that up to now but indeed brings an element to those who are actually trying to resolve the issue.
        I do hope that Softonic engineers are working on fixing this issue, which may be more complicated than we can imagine. Anything to do with databases can become a nightmare, especially when the database remains accessed while being repaired, so to say.

        P.S. My comment about remaining positive was, in this context, sarcastic. Your literal interpretation could mean you are, factually, more inclined to positiveness than I am myself : maybe a lesson of life for me :)

        Have a nice, happy, sunny weekend as well :)

      5. 💾 said on September 16, 2023 at 12:35 pm

        Correct: AI is certainly overhyped, it’s also advertised by some shady individuals. It’s can also be misused to write poor quality articles or fake your homework.

        16 September 2023, this website is still experiencing issues with posts erroneously appearing in the wrong threads. There are even duplicates of the exact same post ID within the same page in some places.

      6. 💾 said on September 16, 2023 at 8:41 pm

        Clerical error “[It] can also be misused …” you just can’t get the staff nowadays.

        Obviously [#comment-4573795] was originally posted within [/2023/09/14/artificial-intelligence-regulation-tech-leaders/]. However, it has appeared misplaced within several threads.

        Including the following:

  4. Anonymous said on September 14, 2023 at 3:39 pm

    “How much radiation is dangerous?
    Ionizing radiation, such as X-rays and gamma rays, is more energetic and potentially harmful. Exposure to doses greater than 1,000 millisieverts (mSv) in a short period can increase the risk of immediate health effects.
    Above about 100 mSv, the risk of long-term health effects, such as cancer, increases with the dose.”

    This ban is about NON-ionizing radiation limits, because there is too much radio wave power from the iphone. This has nothing to do with the much more dangerous ionizing radiations like X-rays, that are obviously not emitted at all by mobile phones. I invite you to correct your article.

  5. Anonymous said on September 17, 2023 at 5:03 pm

    “ makes history as the first official UFO website”

    I wonder if it’s just smelly crowdsourcing for the spotting of chinese balloons or whatever paranoia they’re trying to instigate, or if they are also intentionally trying to look stupid enough to look for alien spaceships, for whatever reason. Maybe trying to look cute, instead of among the worst butchers of history ?

  6. Anonymous said on September 17, 2023 at 9:12 pm

    “The tech titan’s defense”
    “Whether he provides a clear explanation or justifies his actions”
    “the moral compass”

    You take it for granted that this company should agree being a military communications provider on a war zone, and so directly so that his network would be used to control armed drones charged with explosives rushing to their targets.

    You don’t need to repeat here everything you read in the mainstream press without thinking twice about it. You’re not just pointing interestingly that his company is more involved in the war that one may think at first and that this power is worrying, you’re also declaring your own support for a side in an imperialist killfest, blaming him for not participating enough in the bloodshed.

    Now your article is unclear on how this company could be aware that its network is used for such military actions at a given time, which has implications of its own.

    Reading other sources on that quickly, it seems that the company was: explicitly asked ; to extend its network geographically ; for a military attack ; at a time when there was no war but with the purpose of triggering it, if I understood well. You have to be joking if you’re crying about that not happening at that time. But today you have your war, be happy.

  7. Anonymous said on September 30, 2023 at 1:21 am

    comments and article dont match

  8. Gerald Brennan said on October 1, 2023 at 5:05 pm

    The writers were on strike?

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