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The Steam Winter Sale dates have leaked

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"The 2016 Steam Winter Sale is live!" That's what I'll say when the next Steam sale actually goes live. According to this thread on NeoGAF, which contains an image presumably taken from a developers-only group, I will utter those words sometime around 9:50 am PT on December 22. 

This is entirely unverified, but let's consider a few points. First and most obviously, as sure as day follows night there's going to be a Steam winter sale sometime this month. Second, the guy who posted the image, a Gaffer by the name of Tizoc, has correctly predicted at least one Steam sale previously. And third, last year's Steam winter sale kicked off on December 22, so it's a good bet for this year, too. 

The truth is that even if this leak is fake, there's still a pretty good chance that it's correct. More interesting, then, is the question, do we really want another Steam sale? The answer is obviously yes, of course we do. But the Steam Autumn Sale wrapped up just two days ago, and here we are, already steeling ourselves for another one. After this many years, and this many sales, I'm really starting to think that Steam sale fatigue is never going to happen. But could it happen? 

We'll let you know when the dates for the Steam winter sale (or holiday sale, or whatever it ends up being called) are confirmed. That will likely happen the moment the sale actually goes live, so keep your wallets handy. 

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.