A Steam User Has Spent Over 3K On Steam Winter Sale Badges


Steam user PalmDesert is on a mission to acquire every single Steam Winter Sale snow globe. So far, he’s spent over $3,000 trying to complete the 10 distinct sets of game-inspired snow globe collectibles. Titles like Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Payday 2, Warframe, and others are represented. If you’re unfamiliar with Steam; there’s a very large and dedicated community within the service and an open marketplace for trading and purchasing collectibles and in-game items. Valve collects 5% of each sale. That means Valve has collected $150 in transaction fees simply for facilitating the sale of these specific collectibles to a single user.

It’s this type of consumer insight that has made Valve the predominant platform for delivering PC games digitally. Previously, Valve’s value has been estimated to be anywhere between $2-4 Billion. The company remains private, and doesn’t disclose hard numbers, but Valve boss Gabe Newell commented that the service saw a 50% increase during 2012, and continues to net new users everyday.

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Dylan Zellmer

Dylan splits time between games journalism, designing video games, and playing them. Outside of his deep involvement in the games industry, he enjoys It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Shameless, A Song of Ice and Fire, fitness, and family.
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