Valve’s Steam platform is celebrating its 20th anniversary with video game sales and a brief look at its history.
History of Steam
Valve launched Steam, the popular digital video game distribution platform, on 12th September 2023. The game library was practically synonymous with PC gaming. In honour of its 20th anniversary, the company has returned the app’s theme to its original Army Green, shifting away from its iconic Blue hues. It has even offered a retrospective page detailing the platform’s year-by-year developments.
In the early days, Steam was primarily used as a game launcher for Half-Life and a tool for the devs to update and matchmake for Counter-Strike. Valve’s decision to mandate Steam to buy and play Half-Life 2 helped kick off its success since the library soon began to host video games from other major studios and publishers. Currently, Steam is easily one of the most popular digital platforms for video games and is still associated with PC gaming.
20th Anniversary Sale
To commemorate this occasion, Steam is offering a discount deal on almost every game developed by Valve. So, if you’ve not played classic Valve series like Team Fortress, Half-Life, Portal, or Left4Dead, this might be a great chance to try them out. Interestingly, the 20th anniversary of Call of Duty is also live right now, bringing sweet deals on some of its recent games. Another major ongoing sale is from Electronic Arts (EA).
Apart from Valve games, Steam users can also get their hands on a few new gifts and are free to claim. Head to the points shop to pick up some art with backgrounds and stickers. There are new animated stickers and even free profile backgrounds as well.