Buy ’em up: Green Man Gaming summer sale launches

As summer rolls on, shorts get shorter, tops get scarcer, corner shop Curly Wurlys get goopier, and the video game sales, oh the video game sales keep on coming. Green Man Gaming sat in the shade sucking on a Calippo as other digital stores held their summer sales but today they stood up and strode into the scorching sun with a determination that says “I have a lot of video games, and I intend to sell them cheaply.”

If you’re one of those twitchy bargain-hunters who wishes Steam’s big sales still had flash sales, dash sales, bash sales, and all the rest, you may be satisfied here. Along with having loads of games just plain discounted, Green Man Gaming’s summer sale boasts a new selection of fleeting ‘flash deals’.

To complicate things further, you can get cheaper ‘VIP prices’ if you sign in and those those flash deals are 20% cheaper using the voucher code SUMMER2017.

This is smaller than the main digistores’ summer sales and doesn’t have those classic Steam sale minigames and bits and pieces and strings and things and loo rolls and glue but does still have a fair few games going cheap. Everything I’ve seen comes as a Steam key.

GMG say the sale is “building up to bigger games and sweeter deals every day until 4 August 2017” so expect fancier things to come. Cheap things on the way include NuDoom, Fallout 4, XCOM 2, and Mad Max.


  1. SaintAn says:

    Hope the Xcom 2 DLC goes on sale. That’s all I’m really after.

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    Drib says:

    I feel like they should be cautious with their implications that all the good deals will be later on.

    Why would I bother looking now, if the sales will be ‘ramping up’ for another two weeks?

    • Darth Gangrel says:

      If they don’t have anything I like right now, why bother returning unless it’s clear that the best deals are yet to come?

      There are pros and cons with the different ways to market a sale.

    • GMG_Stark says:

      Every day will have different deals for different games, so it’s worth checking to see if the game that you want is on sale. Yeah the big titles are yet to come, but right now we’ve still got great games going on sale that are worth a buy (Disclaimer: I work for GMG).

  3. neems says:

    What game is that on the picture? It doesn’t seem familiar.

  4. nitric22 says:

    DOOM or bust. It’s all I didn’t grab up during Steam Summer Sale. The rest of my Wishlist can just gather dust while I play my backlog for the next 17 years.

  5. foszae says:

    The ‘coupon codes’ are specifically why i refuse to buy from Green Man. Even though they are explicitly shown to you and not terribly hard to type in, on principle it just seems weaselly. It’s as if they’re trying to exploit a weakness of the human mind to make us feel like we’re getting a special deal, even though it just seems to be bringing prices down to par. It’s a capitalist exploit

    • MD says:

      I get where you’re coming from, and your response makes sense to me — if someone is trying to manipulate you, refusing to get involved at all can be the best strategy, even if it means passing up some opportunities that might be worthwhile in isolation. But for the sake of consistency I feel like you should be boycotting Steam and/or Valve even harder. Their sales, and the virtual item-based economies built around their games (or perhaps that should be ‘around which their games are built’?), are based on all sorts of psychologically exploitative tactics.

  6. Generator22 says:

    Full of shovelware and middling discounts. Par for the course for Green Man Gaming. After the numerous problems with invalid gray-market keys and unsatisfied customers, they really went downhill.

    • fish99 says:

      I’m presuming you have some solid data about the percentage of the keys they sell which are invalid and how many of those customers never got a refund?

  7. racccoon says:

    I have always used for donkeys & Gog to beat the rat race of Steam, sometimes they are cheaper than or they are independent of crappy Steam!
    They are both fast and give points for buying, so you can get free games later, plus they do not haggle in anyway.
    I had problems when i first tried them last year greenman gaming as they took forever to give me my key on a major releases twice & then took ages to refund me. plus they do not give the right amount of costs. it ends up costing more in some cases. so i think they aren’t that much cop at all.

    • sharpmath says:

      I’m not sure In understand most of this post, but I’m confused about how the other places haggle and GOG and gamersgate don’t.

  8. Papageno says:

    I’ve never had a problem with GMG myself. I picked up I Am Bread for my nephew today because they had it at a steep discount.
    I pre-ordered Mad Max from them at 40% off at launch, which I couldn’t pass up.

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    weregamer says:

    In their excitement over sales of each time period, they seem to have really failed on their sale categories.

    Their “RPG and questing” category includes Endless Legend. Their “Strategy and simulation” category includes Torment:ToN.

    Broken categories are worse than none at all…