While everyone enjoys the deep discounts of a Steam sale, there is something even better than a discount: free games. This year’s summer sale has a meta game called the Steam Grand Prix, but due to a misunderstanding, as well as users trying to game the system to their benefit, many are deleting games from their wishlists. Indie games.
The Steam Grand Prix asks users to pick a team and then points they earn get added to that team. Players in the top three teams have a chance of being randomly selected to receive the top-ranked item from their Steam Wishlist. Sound great right? Except for some reason, the message reached many users as “a random item from their Steam wishlist” and nobody wants to get a $5 game for free, I guess? Everyone wants to get a $60 game for free, so many wishlists had all the indie titles removed in hopes of gaming the system and making sure the picked item was something that costs more.
Valve has now clarified the Summer Grand Prix mechanism in a blog post, which also shows how to move an item to the top of your wishlist.
However, indie developers are saying the damage is already done, with some pointing out massive drops in wishlist numbers, numbers which they hope to convert to sales at some point.