The countdown to the start date and time for the next Steam Winter Sale 2021 is nearly over and the occasion will come with dozens of Christmas bargains plus Valve’s Game Awards nominees.

December is a fantastic month for the PC community. The Epic Games store is currently undergoing its 15 days of free games, and this has given us fantastic titles so far such as Loop Hero and Vanishing of Ethan Carter.

While the Epic Games store is having a brilliant month with its annual presents and the arrival of Final Fantasy 7 Remake, soon Valve loyalists will be able to enjoy their biggest promotion of the year after Black Friday.

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What time does the Steam Winter Sale 2021 start?

The start date for the Steam Winter Sale 2021 is December 22nd and it should begin at the time of 10:00 PT, 13:00 ET, and 18:00 GMT.

None of the above has been announced by Valve, but it comes courtesy of the often reliable SteamDB. They correctly ousted the dates for the Black Friday and Halloween discounts so there’s little reason to doubt the above.

After it begins tomorrow, it will swiftly end on January 5th, 2022. This means you will only have two weeks to take advantage of all the discounts and participate in all the side activities on the store.

Valve Game Awards 2021

The arrival of the Winter and Christmas bargains also sees the continuation of Valve’s Game Awards.

With the Black Friday Autumn offerings, all of us were able to cast our votes for which games we want nominated for categories like game of the year, best action game, outstanding story, best VR etc.

Below are all the final nominees for each category this year:

Labor of Love:

  • DOTA 2
  • Terraria
  • Apex Legends
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Rust

Better with Friends:

  • Valheim
  • Back 4 Blood
  • Halo Infinite multiplayer
  • It Takes Two
  • Crab Game

Outstanding Visual Style:

  • Psychonauts 2
  • Little Nightmares 2
  • Subnautica Below Zero
  • Bright Infinite Memory
  • Forza Horizon 5

Most Innovative Gameplay:

  • Deathloop
  • Twelve Minutes
  • Inscryption
  • Loop Hero
  • Moncage

Best Game You Suck At:

  • World War Z
  • Naraka Bladepoint
  • Nioh 2
  • Age of Empires IV
  • Battlefield 2042

Best Soundtrack:

  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Persona 5 Strikers
  • Nier Replicant
  • Guilty Gear Strive
  • Demon Slayer

Outstanding Story-rich Game:

  • Mass Effect Legendary Edition
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Life Is Strange True Colours
  • Resident Evil Village
  • Days Gone

Sit Back and Relax:

  • Unpacking
  • Farming Simulator 22
  • Dorf Romantik
  • Townscaper
  • Potion Craft

VR Game of the Year:

  • Sniper Elite VR
  • Cooking Simulator VR
  • Blair Witch VR edition
  • I Expect You to Die 2
  • Medal of Honor Above and Beyond

Game of the Year:

  • Valheim
  • New World
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Resident Evil Village
  • Forza Horizon 5

These are all the nominees that have been revealed as of writing.

When is the next Steam Sale?

The date for the next Steam Sale after Christmas is January 27th for the Lunar offerings.

This is another annual celebration that fans always look forward to in the new year. After that, we can then look forward to the future with Next Fest in February.

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