Steam Winter Sale is live

The Steam Winter Sale has begun, one day after the official start of winter, with a sleigh-load of deals, new seasonal items in the Steam Points Shop, and the start of voting for the 2021 Steam Awards.

Steam's annual year-end wrap-up is a big one, and there's a lot to sort through, but we'll get to it as soon as we can and share some recommendations for where you should spend your money. In the meantime, there are plenty of deals to be had—though keep in mind that Steam sales are notorious for getting off to a shaky start as servers are overwhelmed by a flood of eager bargain hunters, so patience may be required.

There are some intriguing nominations this year at the Steam Awards. Cyberpunk 2077, which is still in a bad state a year after its release, is up for Game of the Year, as is Amazon's troubled MMO New World. It Takes Two, which won the top prize at this year's Game Awards, was left out of the category on Steam but is up for the Better With Friends award, while Deathloop, 12 Minutes, and Inscryption are all vying for the title of Most Innovative Gameplay.