Steam’s 2020 Autumn Sale was a record-breaker

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Steam sales have always been a big deal for Valve and game makers, and the recent Autumn event was no exception. With the gaming industry experiencing a massive uplift as more people prefer at-home entertainment, this year’s Autumn Sale was “the biggest-ever in terms of revenue for developers and publishers.”
Just under one million people bought a game or made a microtransaction for the very first time during the Autumn Sale, up by a third compared to 2019. Concurrent users, meanwhile, reach nearly 24 million, which is about 7 million more than during the sale’s peak last year.

Valve points to the ongoing quarantine as one of the factors behind the high numbers, along with the success of new games and older games seeing a resurgence in popularity—Among Us is highlighted as an example of the latter. Better recommendations and a revamped sales hub also helped increase sales, according to the company.

The announcement adds that 5.3 million users cast more than 30 million votes for the Steam Awards nominations. Valve reveals the final nominees for each category every day, with voting for the winners taking place between December 22 at 10AM PST and January 3rd at 9AM PST.

Only the coveted Game of the Year and VR Game of the Year nominees have yet to be revealed:

Labor of Love Award
Among Us
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
No Man’s Sky
Terraria
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Better With Friends
Borderlands 3
Deep Rock Galactic
Fall Guys
Risk of Rain 2
Sea of Thieves
Outstanding Visual Style Award
Battlefield V
Black Mesa
Marvel’s Avengers
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
There Is No Game: Jam Edition 2015
Most Innovative Gameplay Award
Control
Death Stranding
Noita
Superliminal
Teardown
Best Game You Suck At Award
Apex Legends
Crusader Kings III
FIFA 21
GTFO
Ghostrunner
Best Soundtrack Award
Doom Eternal
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Helltaker
Need for Speed Heat
Persona 4 Golden
Outstanding Story-Rich Award
Detroit: Become Human
Horizon Zero Dawn
Mafia: Definitive Edition
Metro Exodus
Red Dead Redemption 2
Sit Back and Relax Award
Factorio
Microsoft Flight Simulator
Satisfactory
The Sims 4
Untitled Goose Game