Pavel Djundik posted the news to Twitter, noting that the “loyalty awards” system would feature accruable points that can be redeemed for badge levels, and will allow reactions to user reviews.
According to Djundik, there will also be “reward items” and perhaps a system where players can receive discounts on games as a reward for their loyalty to Steam.
Valve is working on loyalty awards/rewards. It has a point system, and a system to add reactions to user reviews.
Also includes reward items, redeeming points for badge levels, and possiblity game discounts.
— Pavel Djundik (@thexpaw) May 9, 2020
Djundik followed up his post with a supposed screenshot of the reactions that players could be leaving on user reviews in the near future – “Deep Thoughts, Heartwarming, Hilarious, Hot Take, Poetry and xHelpful.” The last entry could mean Helpful or Not Helpful, depending on the use of the “x” as a prefix.
Djundik is a full-stack developer and data miner known for his work on SteamDB, a third-party database that often reveals games ahead of time. Just last week, we reported on a SteamDB listing for Yakuza: Like a Dragon which hinted at the game coming to PC and Steam. Sure enough, Like a Dragon’s Western PC release was unveiled after the May installment of Xbox 20/20.
Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.