Steam launched a new type of event yesterday called the “Steam Holiday Auction”. This event allowed users the opportunity to convert some of the junk laying around in their inventory to gems, which could then be bid on 100 copies of 2000 games and software items.
When the auction initially kicked off late last week, there was apparently a bug that allowed for gems to be duplicated, causing initial bids to quickly climb to millions of gems. The whole system disappeared, and gems were wiped. Any gems users had created themselves were returned to their inventory, and any gem purchases were reversed.
The bugs were patched, and the whole system was rolled out again, allowing users to bid on a wide range of games. While the auction is still going on, I’m now out of gems, I did manage to win auctions for Fantasy Grounds and Talisman: Prologue. Considering I spent less than $3.00 on some profile backgrounds to turn into gems (I got them when they were $0.03 for the 100 gem backgrounds) that’s about $46.00 of gameage for $3.00. Not bad!
The e-mail that gets sent to you when you win an auction is titled “Steam Pre-Sale Holiday Auction”, so if there were any doubts that there is a Steam Holiday Sale coming up shortly (not sure why there would be), that should put those to rest 🙂
If I’m lucky, the Fantasy Grounds Ultimate Upgrade will be on sale next week, making my auction pickup an even better deal.