Valve Confirms Start Date of Steam Winter Sale and Award Nominees

The biggest PC gaming sale of the year is Steam’s Winter Sale. Valve has confirmed that the sale will begin on December 20, which is this Friday. In the past, each day would update at around 1 PM EST so it would be worth hopping on around that time to see what is available. As for the Steam Award Nominees, these are broken down into GOTY, VR GOTY, Labor of Love, Best Environment, Better with Friends, Best Alternate History, Most Fun with a Machine and Best Developer. Voting begins December 20, as well, and lasts until January 3. Everyone who participates will be awarded Steam trading cards. The winners will be announced in February. Below, you can see the nominees for each category.

Game of the Year:

  • Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance
  • Hitman 2
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

VR Game of the Year:

  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
  • VRChat
  • Beat Saber
  • Fallout 4 VR
  • Superhot VR

Labor of Love:

  • Dota 2
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Path of Exile
  • Stardew Valley

Best Environment:

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Subnautica
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Far Cry 5
  • Dark Souls 3

Better with Friends:

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  • Payday 2
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Overcooked! 2

Best Alternate History:

  • Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Hearts of Iron 4
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization 6
  • Fallout 4

Most Fun with a Machine:

  • Euro Truck Simulator 2
  • Rocket League
  • NieR: Automata
  • Factorio
  • Space Engineers

Best Developer:

  • CD Projekt Red
  • Ubisoft
  • Bethesda
  • Rockstar Games
  • Digital Extremes Ltd.
  • Square Enix
  • Capcom
  • Paradox Interactive
  • Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Klei