Steam Summer Sale Grand Prix confusion causes Valve to give away 5,000 games

As its annual Steam Summer Sale winds to a close, Valve has offered an apology for the confusion caused by its accompanying “Steam Grand Prix.” As part of this, the company is giving away games to 5,000 select users who participated in the Grand Prix.

This year’s “Steam Grand Prix” metagame mistakenly caused quite a number of players to delete games from their Steam wishlists. Specifically, the Grand Prix’s message to user to “update” their Steam wishlists made them think that deleting games gave them a bigger chance of getting the games still in their wishlists for free. It was later clarified that simply sorting the wishlist counted as “updating” it.

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“Thank you to everyone who participated in the Grand Prix. We realize that the race track had some unexpected turns—we tried to straighten them out when we could, and we’ll anticipate the curves better next time we invite you to the races,” stated Valve in its closing message.

In addition to this promise, Valve will give away games to 5,000 randomly selected participants. Specifically, these participants will be getting the top game in their wishlists. These users should receive these games as gifts within 48 hours of the end of the Grand Prix.

This giveaway is a nice gesture from Valve to users who suffered confusion from the metagame’s unclear wording. However, it doesn’t really do anything for the developers who were more likely to suffer as a result of their games being deleted from these users’ wishlists.

As for the results of the Steam Grand Prix itself, Team Corgi is the overwhelming winner with nine wins and 31 points overall. The combined points of runner-up Teams Tortoise and Hare barely even reach that, with the former only getting 17, and the latter 12. Finally, Teams Cockatiel and Pig share last place with no wins and only six points each.