Steam Winter Sale, Steam Awards Voting Arrive December 22 (Updated)

Update, 12/31/2016, 10:10am PST: The winners of the inaugural Steam awards have been revealed, and you can see the full list of winners below.

  • Villain Most In Need Of A Hug: Portal 2
  • I Thought This Game Was Cool Before It Won An Award: Euro Truck Simulator 2
  • Test Of Time: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Just Five More Minutes: Counter Strike: Global Offensive
  • Whoooaaaaaaa, Dude!: Grand Theft Auto V
  • Game Within A Game: Grand Theft Auto V
  • I'm Not Crying, There's Something In My Eye: The Walking Dead
  • Best Use Of A Farm Animal: Goat Simulator
  • Boom Boom: Doom
  • Love/Hate Relationship: Dark Souls III
  • Sit Back And Relax: Euro Truck Simulator 2
  • Better With Friends: Left 4 Dead 2

Brace yourselves: another Steam sale is coming just in time for last-minute gifts. The Steam Winter Sale begins Thursday, December 22, and on the same day voting will begin for nominees of different categories in the recently-announced Steam Awards.

The start date of the Winter Sale was announced on Twitter via the UK division of PayPal. The annual event comes nearly a month after the Autumn Sale, which lasted six days, but the Winter Sale could go on for a longer period of time (last year, the Winter Sale went on for 13 days).

In addition to the Autumn Sale, Valve also announced the Steam awards, which allowed you to nominate games in a multitude of categories. With the nominees finalized, you’ll now have to vote for the winners. There are a total of 12 awards, and from December 22 - 29, one category will be presented and you can vote on the winner. On December 30, four of the 12 awards, which were write-in categories, will be open for voting simultaneously.

In typical Valve fashion, the name of each award is unconventional, but each one seems to perfectly describe the category. Still, the company provided a longer explanation for further clarification. So without further ado, here are the Steam Awards categories and nominees.

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Steam Awards CategoriesNominees
Villain Most In Need Of A HugBorderlands 2Dead By DaylightFar Cry 3Far Cry 2Portal 2
I Thought This Game Was Cool Before It Won An AwardEuro Truck Simulator 2PaladinsStarboundStardew ValleyUnturned
Test Of TimeAge Of Empires II HDThe Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimSid Meier's Civilization VTeam Fortress 2Terraria
Just Five More MinutesCounter-Strike: Global OffensiveRocket LeagueSid Meier's Civilization VIFallout 4Terraria
Whoooaaaaaaa, dude!Bioshock: InfiniteDoomGrand Theft Auto VMetal Gear Solid V: The Phantom PainThe Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Game Within A GameGarry's ModGrand Theft Auto VThe Stanley ParableTabletop SimulatorThe Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
I'm Not Crying, There's Something In My EyeLife Is StrangeTo The MoonThis War Of MineUndertaleThe Walking Dead
Best Use Of A Farm AnimalARK: Survival EvolvedBlood And BaconFarming Simulator 17Goat SimulatorStardew Valley
Boom BoomBroForceDoomJust Cause 3Keep Talking And Nobody ExplodesKerbal Space Program
Love/Hate RelationshipDark Souls IIIDarkest DungeonDota 2Geometry DashSuper Meat Boy
Sit Back And RelaxAbzuCities: SkylinesEuro Truck Simulator 2Mini MetroViridi
Better With FriendsDon't Starve TogetherGang BeastsGolf With Your FriendsLeft 4 Dead 2Magicka

The voting process starts at 10 am PST each day and the winners of each award will be announced on New Year’s Eve. Initially, there was supposed to be only one write-in category in addition to the eight awards created by Valve. However, the company said that “the response was so overwhelming that one category didn’t seem enough.” It’s a safe bet, then, that we’ll see the Steam Awards come back next year.

  • RomeoReject
    "The test of time."

    Mostly games from this decade.
  • John_561
    I game lots, but most of the stuff on this I don't play. So I guess I vote irrelevantly? OH I get it! I don't vote. Who cares. <3
  • araczynski
    is there a 'leaked' list of stuff that will be on sale? wondering if i should care...
  • problematiq
    Almost every game I nominated made it into the finals! woo! AOE:AOK HD should totally take the test of time award.
  • John_561
    19029702 said:
    is there a 'leaked' list of stuff that will be on sale? wondering if i should care...

    Not that I've seen. Hard to get leaks on steam sales.
  • xeonight
    Where's Battlezone II: Combat Commander when there's a "Test of Time" award to be had...
  • bak0n
    Apparently the votes were made by those 20 years old and younger.
  • John_561
    19029960 said:
    Where's Battlezone II: Combat Commander when there's a "Test of Time" award to be had...

    Was that a spinoff of the old Atari Battlezone arcade machine from the 80's?
  • photonboy
    I'm 46 years old and play many of these games. What are the "adults" voting for?
  • 10tacle
    American Truck Simulator should be included alongside ETS since both are essentially the same thing but for different regions.