In the wake of a million Steam sales and tons of game bundles, some gamers have more Steam keys than they know what to do with. So what do you do if you pick up the newest Humble Bundle because it has those one or two really good games (and you want to support a good cause), but the rest are either duplicates in your library, or just something that doesn’t float your boat?
Well, aside from giving the keys to friends and family, some gamers take them to Steamgifts where they can set up free giveaways for other gamers to enter. And, that’s right, you can win games there for free.
I know, it sounds too good to be true. I wondered if it was a scam when I first heard of the system. Turns out that it’s legit. I’ve even won a game from it (only one so far). I’ve also created my own giveaways, so I know how the site works from both perspectives.
So how does this work?
First, you must have a Steam account. Then, you sign up for a free account at Steamgifts, which is basically connecting your Steam account with Steamgifts. This allows Steamgifts to check your library and make sure you’re not signing up for giveaways on games you already own.
Everything revolves around an internal points system. When you sign up, they give you 25 points to start with. That goes really fast, trust me.
To get more points? Just wait. No clicking. No commenting. Nothing to do on your end. Just wait. Points are generated each time any user creates a new giveaway. Before you know it, you’ll be hitting your max number of points, which is 300.
To register for a giveaway? Just browse the list of games, click on the giveaway to navigate to the giveaway page, then click the green Enter to Win button. If you enter something by accident, you can always withdraw and you’ll get all your points back.
I usually log in to the site once or twice a day, unload my points on giveaways and let it run from there. It really doesn’t take much time. Though the odds on winning some games are tough, you certainly won’t win if you never try. And there’s usually some good games on the list if you look for them!
If you do happen to win, the person who created the giveaway will contact you with the key, either through email or by friending you on Steam. Once you get the key and know that it’s working, you confirm that the giveaway has gone through on the Steamgifts site, which reflects on that person’s site rating. So folks just can’t go scamming other folks with keys that don’t exist (not sure why they’d want to… there’s no money involved in any of this).
Alright. Now that you know about it, go out there and be even more competition for me as I register for my Steamgift giveaways today… Or maybe be generous and make some giveaways of your own!