Steam's Grand Prix-themed 2019 Summer Sale has begun

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Once you login to the client and visit the store page (which you may have trouble doing -- Steam's servers are getting slammed at the moment), you'll see a giant animated banner at the top, which will periodically show a few cars racing by.

If you click on the banner, you'll get all of the details and rules you'll need to know about this year's Summer Sale.

We'll discuss the events of 2019's Summer Sale in a moment, but first, we'll briefly go over a few of the more notable games that are discounted.

Assassin's Creed: Odyssey and Monster Hunter World are both available for $29.99 (50 percent off), while the newly-released Devil May Cry 5 can be had for $39.59 (34 percent off). If simulation games are more your speed, Two Point Hospital is now available for $17.49; significantly less than its ordinary $34.99 price tag.

In short, just about any game you could want is available at a discount, and probably a steep one.

Moving on to the Sale's theme, Steam is letting users join one of five racing teams this year: Team Pig, Team Hare, Team Cockatiel, Team Tortoise, and Team Corgi -- naturally, I joined the last one.

By purchasing various discounted games during this year's Sale, you'll expand your team's "Boost Meter" capacity. To fill the meter itself, though, you won't need to spend a dime -- just complete the event's various Quests and earn achievements in your games. Some quests include killing a rare monster in Starbound, opening up a container in Stardew Valley, or capturing a settlement in Total War: Warhammer 2.

Once you've filled your team's Boost Meter, you can, well, boost. Boosting your team gives you extra distance over competing teams, while also adding a few Nitro Boost Points, which provides your team with a seemingly-permanent speed multiplier.

As previously stated, Valve is known for giving its players rewards for participating in these meta events, and this year's Grand Prix Sale is no different. The more you aid your team, the more Grand Prix tokens you'll earn -- these can be spent at the Pit Stop for rewards like chat emoticons, profile backgrounds, and "more."

If that's not enough, random members of teams in first, second, and third place will get the top item in their Steam Wishlist for free. Once the Grand Prix ends, random members of the "overall" winning teams will be given "up to" three of the top items from their Wishlists.

Steam's 2019 Summer Sale will run from today (June 25) to July 9, so you should have plenty of time to take advantage of all it has to offer.

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Vrmithrax

TechSpot Paladin
Hey, I don't see the Epic store doing anything remotely entertaining or as cool as this.
What do you mean? I thought the Epic Store's stumbling and fumbling attempt at a summer sale was incredibly entertaining! Applying blanket discounts across the board that forced big pre-order titles to be yanked off the shelves until the sale was over, not even having a basic shopping cart in the store so people were getting banned off their own accounts for buying too many games in a short amount of time, etc. It wasn't cool by any means, but it sure did give me a little entertainment value.
 

Dimitrios

TS Guru
Steam sales have become very lackluster these past few years.
Best deals are near Christmas time. I got most new games for like 60%-85%! Best was FARCRY 5 for like $10 I just need to finish my Ryzen build since my Phenom doesn't have SSE4.3a or whatever that instruction set is but plays most games HIGH settings. These artificial set back pi$$ me off. RE7 and other games added the patch for older CPU's why can't UBISOFT and I can play FARCRY 4 Max settings fine.
 

Morris Minor

TS Addict
Go team hog!

couple good deals I have seen, dark souls remaster 90% off. south park's 2nd rpg, also 90% off.
£8 for those two games seems a pretty good deal to me.
 

MaitieS

TS Booster
Hey, I don't see the Epic store doing anything remotely entertaining or as cool as this.
Epic Store at least did the most epic sales I saw in a long time. You got -10€ for each purchase 15€ or higher. Steam never had something like this or yeah they had but only 5€ and you had to buy trading cards so it wasn't sale at all :) If Valve would do something similar I would buy a tons of games but all their sales since 2014 are the same ones and nothing is new. They should invest their energy into making better deals instead of shitty mini-games.
 
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Vrmithrax

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Epic Store at least did the most epic sales I saw in a long time. You got -10€ for each purchase 15€ or higher. Steam never had something like this or yeah they had but only 5€ and you had to buy trading cards so it wasn't sale at all :) If Valve would do something similar I would buy a tons of games but all their sales since 2014 are the same ones and nothing is new. They should invest their energy into making better deals instead of shitty mini-games.
You do realize that Steam does not dictate what titles are on sale during their big sales events, right? They don't just arbitrarily force a discounted price (and subsequently reduce the developer's revenue) on every title in their catalog, unlike Epic's poorly thought-out botched sale. The publishers and devs decide if they want to offer their titles for sale, and how much to discount.