Steam Summer Sale 2016 start date: To begin later this month, according to latest leak


As the calendar inches the middle mark of the month of June, the summer season is officially beginning for some parts of the world which means that Valve might soon begin its Steam platform’s annual Summer Sale event.

According to reports, this year’s Steam Summer Sale will allegedly begin at the end of this month. Specifically, the sale is supposed to start on Thursday, June 23 and run for about a week and a half until it ends smack in the middle of Independence Day on Monday, July 4.

The above date came from a leak on the Steam subsection of the community website Reddit, posted by user MrFreemanBBQ. The Reddit post included a link to an image uploaded to Imgur, showing an alleged screenshot of part of Valve’s planned timeline for this year’s events for the Steam service.

The screenshot featured the label “Event: Summer Sale 2016 discount approvals,” over which are the supposed details of the events which was apparently labelled as “confidential” and should therefore not be posted on the Steam Community website or any other site until the event’s official date.

The details were partially written in Cyrillic characters, but MrFreemanBBQ provided a translation claiming that the posts indicated that this year’s Steam Summer Sale will begin at 9:45 a.m. PDT (12:35 p.m. EDT) on June 23 and will run until 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT) on July 4, Independence Day.

The event’s alleged duration suggests that Valve might be aiming to feature some kind of special Independence Day related price cuts, or the company at least aims to ride in on the festivities ahead of the date itself.

As for the games that might be included in the sale, some speculate that the recent list of free games offered for the major platforms’ respective online services could either influence or be a sign of what Valve might offer in its annual event. The rumors suggest that with the upcoming influx of sequels for certain titles, the previous games might be up for some price cuts.