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Steam Summer Sale 2021: Everything You Need to Know

"You always knew you were a hero. It's time to find out what kind of hero you are."
"You always knew you were a hero. It's time to find out what kind of hero you are." / Photo courtesy of Valve

Steam Summer Sale 2021 is officially underway for gamers looking to finally cross off some games from their wishlist, or simply expand their libraries to unforeseen heights.

After weeks of leaks and rumors in anticipation of the event, here's everything you need to know about Steam Summer Sale 2021.

Steam Summer Sale 2021: Everything You Need to Know

While Valve's video game digital distribution service, Steam, often has sales and weekly deals, it's no secret that they save their best deals for their iconic annual Summer Sale.

For two weeks up until Thursday, July 8 at 10 p.m. PT, thousands of PC games are now marked at major discounts. Additionally, the Points Shop lineup has been freshly stocked for those looking to spend their Steam Points and show off the fandom of their favorite games with customization items such as animated avatar frames and profile backgrounds.

For every $1 that you spend on Steam, whether it's games, DLCs, hardware etc., you get 100 Steam Points.

A new facet to this year's Summer Sale, however, is Steam's Forge Your Fate theme. On the home page of the sale, you will notice a line at the top that reads, "14 all new Forge Your Fate stories!"

Through a series of 14 themed micro-adventures scattered throughout the sale, you will browse all the different video game genres and be faced with decisions to earn rewards.

Here's Steam's official synopsis on what Summer Sale 2021's Forge Your Fate promotion is all about:

Obviously you are a hero. Everyone says so. But what kind? This year’s summer sale is no ordinary deep discount super sale — you are about to face a gauntlet of short stories, each ending with a choice that will help classify what sort of hero you are. Choose from two possible actions in each of the fourteen Forge Your Fate stories found throughout the sale and receive an animated sticker as a memento of your decision. Upon completing all of the stories, you'll get one of five unique badges reflecting your choices. So get choosing!

All items earned from the Forge Your Fate promotion must be claimed before the Summer Sale comes to an end.

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