Competition: Win A Free Steam Key For Blade Ballet

Blade Ballet [official site] is a local and online multiplayer game in which spinning, slashing robots do battle in small arenas, with the aim either to destroy their opponents or to destroy their opponents while also scoring goals with a big floaty ball. We’ve got 5000 free Steam keys to give away, and you can enter below for a chance to get one of them.

Here’s a trailer if you want to see the game before deciding whether you want it:

That widget below will enter you into a sweepstake in exchange for one of five possible actions, including looking at our Facebook page for a moment, following us on Twitter, or following us on YouTube.

RPS Sweepstake: 5000 Blade Ballet Steam keys

You can enter more than once to increase your chances of receiving a key. We’ll draw the winners when entries close on Monday morning. The widget above will require your email address, but this will only be used so we can contact with your key if you win one. This email will come from our cousin at Gamer Network.

How to redeem your code

1. You’ll need a free Steam account, if you don’t have one already. Signup and download the client at
2. Within the client, click ‘Games’ at the top and then ‘Activate a Product on Steam…’.
3. Enter your Steam key when prompted. It will then be added to your account and you can decide to install it immediately by choosing a location. Enjoy!


  1. vrittis says:

    “Gleam Competition App will be able to

    Read Tweets from your timeline.
    See who you follow, and follow new people.
    Update your profile.
    Post Tweets for you.”

    Erm… that sounds a bit much :)

    • ButteringSundays says:

      Well the entire premise is ‘we’re exchanging 5000 (!) copies of our game for marketing details’, the red flag is right there up front. And it’s a game RPS has never even discussed before.

      I wish RPS wouldn’t label it as ‘free’ though. It’s an exchange, just one that some people consider of little value. ‘Win a steam key’ would be sufficient, and less slimy, and a disclosure as to what RPS are getting out of this deal would be nice, because they’re making no effort to promote or praise the game, and have never even discussed it before. Is this paid placement?

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        Graham Smith says:

        As noted in the text of the post, the email addresses aren’t used for anything other than sending you a code. And none of the details go to the game’s developers whatsoever.

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          Graham Smith says:

          And no, it’s not paid placement. Christ. If it was and we weren’t saying so, we’d be breaking the law.

          What we get out of it is: we get to give our readers a free thing they might like, and yes, that brings a bit of traffic to the site.

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      Graham Smith says:

      It’s not necessary to connect your Twitter account with Gleam in order to i) follow us in order to enter ii) or enter at all, since you can just visit the Facebook page (without a Facebook account).

      • vrittis says:

        Yup Graham, I realized that afterwards and thanks for pointing it out. However my first impulse was to use the widget they provided, and to backpedal when I saw what permissions were asked.

        re: other comments, I feel like the problem is with the gleam app, not the developpers. I would be less bothered by the devs getting my contact info in exchange for a game rather than by gleam. The widget they present may be helpful but feels a bit invasive.

  2. balinor says:

    Please stop using Gleam to do things like this. They are a scummy company and make you look scummy also.

  3. MajorLag says:

    4/5 require facebook or twitter. I can’t help but think there must be better ways to market.

    • Gertjan says:

      Actually, facebook is not required as you only have to visit the facebook page. So you’ll still have 3/5 chances if you dont use facebook and twitter.

    • ButteringSundays says:

      Well it’s not really anything to do with marketing the game, because they’re giving it away for ‘free’ :p they’re just collecting as much data as they can to monetise at a later date. Pretty low-rent stuff for RPS imo, I hope whoever decided it was a good idea to pull in some extra eyeballs with the words ‘free steam key’ also considered the negative trust impact this has.

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        Graham Smith says:

        Please, by all means, accuse us of things we’re not doing multiple times in the same comments thread.

  4. Zankman says:

    Cool looking game, I happened to check it out yesterday.

    Entered all 5, hoping for the best.

    Good luck to everyone else!

  5. RaoulDuke says:

    Great, Lugubriously Excessive, Advertising & Marketing.

    Join in everyone, its fun to acronym…inate.
    Mine is rubbish, caam aan, you can do better.

    • RaoulDuke says:

      Holy crap this website is fun: link to

      Some of my favourites:


  6. frightlever says:

    This is the same game that clogged up the Eurogamer background for weeks isn’t it? (Until I zapped the image – I felt justified as clicking anywhere on the background sent you to the Steam page.)

    I hate those guys. That’s how PR works, right? To make me hate people? They’re like Trump.

  7. trashbat says:

    Thanks RPS – got my copy.

    I can’t figure out what I’m meant to be doing in it, but fortunately it seems neither can my opponents, so I win. Good times.