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Getting Free Steam Games

Steam is no doubt one of the most popular digital distribution platforms in existence with over 7 million concurrent users every day. Ever since the service was started they've added a number of convenient features and methods by which players can gift each other games as well as for developers and publishers to give out special codes that will unlock their game on Steam. Through this system, people now have a way in which they can easily receive free Stream games. Sometimes the developer will do this for free, but other times there may be people wanting to get rid of extra gift copies of games that they have. Either way, simply entering in such codes into Steam will automatically add it to your account, which means that you'll also receive all future updates to the game.

Steam Wallet and Gift Cards

One of the nice things about Steam is that it can hold a cash balance for you, so that you don't always have to use a credit card in order to purchase new games. You can add to your cash balance (called your Steam Wallet) in a few different ways, one of which is, of course, a credit card. A more recent method of adding to your cash balance is through a Steam gift card. These can be purchased at a number of different retailers, and can be redeemed by entering in the Steam wallet code. This is becoming an increasingly common way to get free Steam games since it's a very easy way for getting Steam gifts without putting the burden on the gift-giver of choosing a specific game.

Steam Keys

Besides Steam gift cards, another good way in which you can gather Steam games is through the use of Steam keys. A lot of the time you'll see developers give out these sorts of codes as an occasional promotion. Often times they'll be posted on places like Twitter, but they can be put nearly anywhere. Once you find one, though, it's simply a matter of copy/pasting the code into the Steam client, where it will then add the game to your account and begin installing it automatically (if desired). You don't actually need to install a game right way when redeeming a code, so you can enter it in any time you want, wherever you happen to be.

The only downside is that using promotional Steam keys requires a combination of luck and speed. Since these keys are often posted publicly, everyone is trying to redeem it at the same time, and by the time you get to it, it may be too late.

Special Websites

Besides free Steam wallet codes, gift cards, and so on, there are also website dedicated to giving out Steam keys in exchange for some effort on your part, such as taking surveys. Other websites act simply as a medium on which people can post giveaways, and give the Steam game to a random person. Whichever way you do it, getting free Steam games is a pretty straightforward process overall, and can save you a ton of money.