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The Steam Summer Sale has launched a permanent Points Shop

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Ah, the good ol’ points program. The tool of a capitalist society that just loves to feed on people’s addiction to spending money while promoting them to KEEP ON BUYING. Hey it works, right? Lord knows I’ve spent my fair share of points to pick up a free game on the Nintendo eShop here and there so now that a similar feature is launching for Steam…that’s dangerous for the wallets of us all. While previous large Steam sales awarded points that users could spend on cute little digital goods like character emotes, avatars and backgrounds, this system has been expanded to last all year round and may actually have value to it.

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The new Point Shop offers players 100 points per $1 spent, which is unfortunately adjusted for exchange rates so for us folks in South Africa, we get 5 points per R1 spent. You can then use those points to purchase some fun cosmetic improvements for your Steam profile, including stickers, animated avatars, frames and backgrounds. These points can also be used as rewards for community engagement, allowing users to give points for user generated content or reviews that they enjoyed reading. Bare in mind that Steam Points won’t expire, but if you purchase something and then refund it you’ll lose the points you acquired from that purchase, which makes sense.

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It’s a nice idea from Valve, one that makes a lot of sense given the rising competition between Steam and the Epic Games Store. The inclusion of a Steam Points system pushes players to buy games off Steam rather than a competing store, banking those points for future use. If ever there was a time to launch such a program it would be during Steam’s annual Summer Sale, which kicked off last night. Happy shopping!

Last Updated: June 26, 2020

14 Comments

  1. Caveshen Rajman

    June 26, 2020 at 14:23

    This is actually a great way to keep money coming into Steam, rather than through third parties. I find I often look for sites like GreenManGaming for specials that redeem through Steam – with this system, it actually makes sense to indulge the Steam sales directly.

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  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    June 26, 2020 at 14:23

    I thought it was an awesome little surprise addition to the store when I first saw it. And now the neon pink glow of my Steam avatar matches what’s been in my heart all along.

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  3. Hammersteyn

    June 26, 2020 at 14:29

    Jeez I already bought C&C Remastered via Steam, I’m good for the next 5 years thanks.

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    • Son of Banana Jim

      June 26, 2020 at 14:36

      Now add that to the bunch of free games on the epic store and you might be set for the coming murder hornet invasion.

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      • Hammersteyn

        June 26, 2020 at 14:47

        And you know what will happen?
        Government : Don’t do this thing and you’ll not get stung by murder hornets.
        Morons : I want to do the thing because my rights is being trampled.

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        • Pariah

          June 26, 2020 at 14:53

          Yeah but at the same time they’ll be fine with you petting rabies-infested zombie dogs because nobody in the WHO said anything against those.

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