Steam Winter Sale start date confirmed by PayPal UK

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PayPay UK has confirmed in a tweet that the Steam Winter Sale will in fact get underway on December 22. That date first came to light at the start of the month by way of a leak on NeoGAF—and which also happens to be the date that last year's winter sale began. Surprise!

What makes the tweet strange is that it doesn't appear in the PayPal UK Twitter feed: It only turns up if you hit it through the link. Click the button and you'll be prompted to fire off an auto-generated tweet trumpeting your insider knowledge, and also revealing the date. My knowledge of Twitter magic isn't sufficient to enable me to figure out how this invisible tweet thing works, but I will say that tweeting things people can't see unless they're emailed the info by a PR agency seems like an odd way to drum up publicity. 

On the other hand, Steam Winter Sale 2016 date confirmed. It doesn't have quite the same ring as "Half-Life 3 confirmed," but it's nice to know that we have a few days to prepare our bank accounts for the next exciting round of "I'm probably never going to play this but that is just too damn cheap not to buy." We'll post an official notice of the flag-drop when it happens.

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.