Steam launches a permanent Points Shop

Ruben Fields
June 28, 2020

Seasonal awards will be up for grabs-a "Summer Golden Profile" set is now available-but the vast majority are game-specific items, like the Doom Eternal arachnotron animated sticker, or more generic stuff such as chat effects and profile backgrounds. Such as points that can be used for acquiring various listings on Steam. This time around, however, things are different because of the introduction of a new permanent feature - the Points Shop.

Among the games on sale are The Witcher 3, Doom Eternal, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Outer Wilds, and hundreds more.

The Points Shop is here to stay, now open all year round. All items listed in the Points shop are account-bound. The cheapest items seem to be emoticons at 100 points. The most expensive by far are the so-called Points Badges, with the level 20 variant costing 20 000 points.

Check out the Steam Summer Sale by visiting the portal page. This again changes in value depending on your country, but in South Africa it's a R35 discount on the first purchase of R250. The discounts go as high as 75% off, and many of them are at the 50% mark.

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As I said, the sale runs through July 9, so you've got plenty of time to peruse what's on offer.

Valve has said that they plan to expand the set of things you can use your points on in the future, which could mean a number of things including new Avatar items and backgrounds or even other Steam content. From massive deals that consoles publishers frankly aren't inclined to match to a massive repository of titles that you frankly won't live long enough to explore, Valve's Steam platform is consistently one of the standing reasons to experience the wondrous world of PC gaming.

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