Valve promises to learn from Steam’s Summer Sale, and gives away 5,000 more games

The confusing competition has drawn to an end, and Valve are giving away 5,000 more games to 'celebrate'


The Steam Summer Sale comes to an end later today, but Team Corgi has already been confirmed as the runaway winners of the Steam Grand Prix. So dominant was Corgi’s performance, however, that Valve says it’ll be making some much-needed changes ahead of the next race.

In a concluding message, Valve thanked the Grand Prix’s participants, but also acknowledged that the competition had had its problems – Team Corgi’s win-streak notwithstanding, the event also appeared to encourage many users to delete indie games from their wishlists in their thousands. Valve says that it tried to straighten those issues out, and promises to “anticipate the curves better next time we invite you to the races.”

The races are now over, but you can exchange the tokens you earned throughout the Grand Prix to mop up some extra rewards in the Pit Stop. While almost all of the rewards have been handed out, Valve says that it’s randomly selected 5,000 users who participated in the event to receive the top game from their wishlist.

That’s not quite a direct apology for the event’s various kerfuffles, but it certainly seems like something of a peace offering. Given that Valve suggests that this kind of meta-game will return during future sales, hopefully we won’t see a repeat of Team Corgi’s dominance next time out.

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The Summer Sale runs until 18:00 BST (13:00 ET, 10:00 PT), so you’ve got a few hours left to pick up some bargains. For those of you keeping score at home, Team Tortoise ended the Grand Prix in second place, Team Hare came in third, and Teams Cockatiel and Pig finished in joint last, having failed to win a single race.