Want a Steam Deck? Valve might give you one for free if you watch The Game Awards

The Steam Deck handheld showing off Hollow Knight
(Image credit: Valve)

Valve is giving away one Steam Deck every minute during The Game Awards 2022. To win one you just have to register for its competition and watch along. 

And we’re not just talking about the base model. People who tune into the show on 4.30pm PT / 7:30pm ET on December 8 / 12:30am GMT on December 9 have a chance to win the top-end Steam Deck model, which normally costs $649 / £569 and comes with 512GB of SSD storage.

To be eligible to win one of the best handheld gaming devices ever released, there are a few steps you have to follow, but the potential prize is more than worth the minimal effort you'll need to put in.

How do you sign up for the Steam Deck giveaway?

To sign up for the Steam Deck giveaway for The Game Awards 2022 you have to head to the official Steam page and register using your Steam account. But signing up is just the first step.

Geoff Keighley talking at The Game Awards

Let's hope Geoff Keighley has a lot to say at this year's Game Awards, and keeps the event going for hours (Image credit: Game Awards)

You’ll then need to tune in and watch The Game Awards 2022 live, via Valve’s broadcasts on Steam specifically – you can’t watch just any broadcast and call it a day. Valve’s giveaway streams will happen on its official Game Awards 2022 page and on SteamTV, with the pre-show set to begin at 4.30pm PT / 7:30pm ET on December 8 / 12:30am GMT on December 9. While watching either of these two streams you’ll want to make sure you’re also logged into the Steam account you've registered.

Last but not least, your account will have to meet a few extra requirements to be eligible to win:

  • You must be from the US, Canada, UK, or EU
  • Your account must have made a purchase on Steam in one of those regions between 4pm PT / 7pm ET / 12 midnight GMT on Nov 14, 2021, and 3.59pm PT / 6:59pm ET / 11:59pm GMT on November 14, 2022 
  • Your account must be in 'good standing' (i.e., no active bans, locks, that sort of thing)
  • Your entry in the Giveaway must have been made in 'good faith'

You can also choose to enter by post; more details on that are available at Valve’s official rules page

How many Steam Decks are up for grabs?

The number of Steam Decks that Valve is giving away depends on a couple of factors.

The first is how long The Game Awards 2022 lasts. We don’t yet know this year’s run-time but we do know that The Game Awards 2021 was three and a half hours long, while The Game Awards 2020 was around three hours long, though both of those included a thirty-minute pre-show. 

A tabby cat perched on a rooftop in Stray

Stray is one of the titles up for Game of the Year at The Game Awards 2022 (Image credit: Annapurna Interactive)

The second factor is how long Valve’s Giveaway Stream will last – this is the stream it will be running on Steam, and is what you have to watch to have a chance of winning. If the Giveaway Stream is the entire length of The Game Awards then we could see Valve hand out over 200 free Steam Decks based on last year’s figures. But if Valve cuts out the pre-show, or only decides to stream for a specific hour or even less, then the number of Steam Decks to be won will be a lot lower.

Regardless of how many there are to win though, we’d recommend tuning in for as long as you can if you want the chance to score a free $649 / £569 handheld.

And if you win, or if you already have a Steam Deck, then you might want to check out our picks for the best Steam Deck games so you know what to play first.

Hamish Hector
Senior Staff Writer, News

Hamish is a Senior Staff Writer for TechRadar and you’ll see his name appearing on articles across nearly every topic on the site from smart home deals to speaker reviews to graphics card news and everything in between. He uses his broad range of knowledge to help explain the latest gadgets and if they’re a must-buy or a fad fueled by hype. Though his specialty is writing about everything going on in the world of virtual reality and augmented reality.