Downloading free games from Steam is usually a straight-forward process of finding the right Store Page in time.
However, Valve is now offering gamers a new way to do it during the Steam Summer Sale, and it isn’t the easiest event to get your head around.
As many fans will already know, the Steam Summer Sale event has begun and is set to run until July 7, 2019.
And part of the new event includes Valve providing a new way for gamers to claim free games on Steam.
This is being made possible by taking part in the Steam Grand Prix, a new event that holds the key to new games being added to your library.
The Grand Prix tasks fans with joining one of a number of teams, all fronted by a different animal.
You can boost your team’s chances by earning points, which is done through completing quests and earning achievements from games in your library.
These points can be spent at the Pit Stop, while shopping the Summer Sale can also bag you a lot of them.
$1 = +100 max points according to Valve, and gamers can get 100 more max points each day.
The next two weeks will see a new race start every day, followed by contributors having a random chance of earning a free game.
It’s all a little complicated and makes the metagame hard to follow, especially if you’re hoping to be one of the lucky few who gets a freebie.
Here’s more from Valve, who confirmed in a new post: “Choose your team from a selection of five fabulous racers: tortoise, hare, cockatiel, pig, and corgi, each with their own unique style of vehicle.
“Compete with your rival teams to earn points by participating in quests or earning achievements from games in your library.
“Every day is a new race, and a chance for a new team to win! As a daily reward for burning rubber on the track, contributing racers from teams that come in first, second or third place have a random chance to win a game from your wishlist. For Teams that place in the final, all contributing racers have a chance to win!”
So the best chance of earning a free game is by being part of one of the winning teams at the end. Another thing to know is that the game which is chosen will be selected via the Wishlist system.
That’s because the very best drivers will be awarded their Most Wished For games throughout the event. The race is on to earn those free Steam Games and fans can have a quick look at some of the most important rules to the Grand Prix below:
GRAND PRIX RULES
Increase your max points
All players will begin with at least 100 max points, and for each day that you participate, your maximum will increase by 100 points. Additionally, for every $1 you spend on Steam, you will increase the maximum points that you can earn by 100 points.
Earn points & Nitro when you complete Quests
Complete Grand Prix Quests in your Steam games to earn points. Each point you earn can be used to advance your team in the race when you Boost. Go the distance! The more points you use to boost your team, the more Nitro you contribute.
Boost your team in each day’s race to the finish
Upon Boosting, the Nitro you’ve gained will help increase your team’s speed in the race. Coordinate timed boosts with your teammates and together you’ll increase your Team Boost level. 100 active Nitro will result in a 0.1x Boost to your team’s speed.
Earn & coordinate team attacks
One time use attacks are dropped upon Boosting, with a 1-in-4 chance of receiving one (per full Boost). Coordinate timed Attacks with other drivers and together you’ll decrease your target’s Team Boost level. 100 stolen Nitro will result in a 0.1x decrease to a team’s speed.
Claim personal rewards at the Pit Stop
You’ll earn Grand Prix tokens for the points you contribute to your team. Redeem your tokens for chat emoticons, profile backgrounds, and more in the Grand Prix Pit Stop.
Win team rewards when you place in each race
Each day throughout the Grand Prix, random members of the top first, second and third place teams will receive the top item from their Steam Wishlist. Random members of the overall Grand Prix winning teams will be awarded up to three of the top items from their Steam Wishlist.
“The team with the most distance points for each 24-hour period will be awarded three Grand Prix points. The team with the second most distance points for each 24-hour period will be awarded two Grand Prix points. The team with the third most distance points for each 24-hour period will be awarded one Grand Prix point. At the end of the Steam Grand Prix 2019, the team with the most Grand Prix points will be declared the Grand Prix winning team, the team with the most second Grand Prix points will be declared the Grand Prix runner-up team, and the team with the third most Grand Prix points will be declared the Grand Prix honourable mention team. One thousand users that contributed distance points to the Grand Prix winning team will be randomly selected to receive the top three (3) game titles ranked in their respective Steam Wishlists that are currently available for purchase at the time prizes are awarded, one thousand users that contributed distance points to the Grand Prix runner-up team will be randomly selected to receive the top two (2) game titles ranked in their respective Steam Wishlists that are currently available for purchase at the time prizes are awarded, and one thousand users that contributed distance points to the Grand Prix honourable mention team will be randomly selected to receive the top game title ranked in their respective Steam Wishlists that is currently available for purchase at the time prizes are awarded. Drawings will be held within 48 hours from the end of the Steam Grand Prix 2019.”