So you want to create public GAs, but you don't want bots and auto-join scripts to enter? Good. Just post a comment in this thread with a link to an invite-only giveaway. The idea is very simple and is really not different from many (most?) of the other threads in the forum, except that you don't need to invest much time or thought into it. Just post the link in a comment, and you're done :-)

A few additional guidelines:

  • Feel free to obfuscate the link to make it more difficult for bots/scripts to enter. This is completely optional and may not make much of a difference, because the forums are probably not as infested with bots and auto-join scripts as public giveaways (see example).
  • You may use itstoohard.com, sgtools.info or other sites as filters to the link, but do try to keep things easy (for humans) to enter.
  • Don't feel obligated to write anything to accompany the giveaway link. If you have stuff to share beyond just the link, you probably should create a dedicated thread for it. Needless to say, you can also write it here, but it's not required.
  • Cross-posting giveaways your posted in other threads is fine, as long as they are your giveaways.
  • If you want to add a dynamic signature showing the game name, giveaway end date and current number of entries, but without revealing the URL to bots, you can use this tool created by Reforced. It takes the signature created by SG and provides you with a new URL that hides the original giveaway address. Just add it to your comment using the regular format for posting images: ![](URL)
  • Just like public GAs typically have a lot of entries, there's no need to maintain a low number of entries in GAs posted here. If you want to give especially good odds to people who enter and still get CV, you may want to instead consider posting the link here (and then remove it when you have your 5 entries). This is not needed here in this thread. The more (humans) the merrier :-)
  • The best way to bump this thread is by posting a link to your own invite-only giveaway. With that said, if the thread drops from the first page a regular "Bump" would also be appreciated.

I'm trying to find how serious the issue with bots really is. So far the results don't really prove things one way or another. Here are some stats from my latest experiment:

Game: Space Trader: Merchant Marine
Number of giveaways: 5
Period: 3 days

Giveaway # Level Type Number of entries Winner's Sent:Won Reroll needed?
1 Level 0+ Public 891 0:82 No
2 Level 0+ Invite only, direct link 55 4:47 No
3 Level 0+ Invite only, SGTools (no restrictions) 48 6:71 No
4 Level 0+ Invite only, shortened URL, captcha-free 50 1:205 No
5 Level 0+ Invite only, shortened URL with "I'm not a robot" captcha 54 162:86 No

Yet some more stats:

Giveaway game Period Level Type Number of entries Winner's Sent:Won Reroll needed?
Tales from the Void 5 days Level 0+ Public 755 0:37 No
Tales from the Void 5 days Level 0+ Invite only, obfuscated link 183 42:514 No
Hyper Box 4 days Level 0+ Public 554 0:32 No
Hyper Box 4 days Level 0+ Invite only, obfuscated link 193 178:188 No
Ace Combat Assault Horizon 3 days Level 0+ Public 1596 0:28 Yes
Ace Combat Assault Horizon 3 days Level 0+ Invite only, obfuscated link 234 88:107 No
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I removed the AAAs now my remote doesn't work :(

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hahaah that one was a good one :D

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🤣

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😏 ty that made my day

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😘

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bump

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Bump and thanks!

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I like how it says PLAAAY

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This commenting section bellow this entry is meme material xD

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boop ;)

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👽🖖

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Bumpythanks!

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Thanks and bump!

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bunp

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Have a bump xD

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I am looking for 5 to 10 people to join a giveaway for The prisoner of the Night
I will ask the winner to play within a month giving them a serious try.
The winner will be added on steam and will have to get the game via the steam curation system. I explain avery stape at this moment.
If you are interested, say "I have read and I agree". I will choose the participants if there are too many according to my criteria (secret rules)

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now i only accept those who already have this game in their wishlist before today

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It looks like an interesting game, but one of the tags is 'difficult'. I am very bad at precision platformers. I'm not sure if I was even any good at them when I was a kid!

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Yeah, the art looks rough around the edge but kinda unique.

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Hey shadowshiv. To be clear, I don't ask anyone to finish the game, just to give him an honest try. You don't need to be a pro to join ;)

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I have read and I agree

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Hello, I LOVE platformers! From famous ones to small asset flips, I play them all!
Add to this puzzle elements it's even more fun!
I have read and I agree.
It would be awesome for me to this give a try!
Thanks for doing this :D

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I have read and I agree

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I have read and I agree

The game seems good

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wanna try. read and agree

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I have read and I agree.

I would like to try the game.

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Looks nice.
Lu et approuvé !

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I have read and I agree

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I have read and I agree

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I have read and I agree.
I give all my wins a serious try and finish the majority of them.
Interesting, I didnt know theres a gifting via the steam curation system.

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i have enough entry
now i only accept those who already have this game in their wishlist before today

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The winner will be added on steam and will have to get the game via the steam curation system. I explain avery stape at this moment.
If you are interested, say "I have read and I agree". I will choose the participants if there are too many according to my criteria (secret rules)

This time only and only this time, I am giving you an official warning for making a misleading giveaway. Curator copies do not drop cards and do not give +1 and more importantly:

  • It requires extra steps from the winner to claim the game
  • It goes against Steam's EULA
  • It basically provides free CV, which is unfair to other users

These copies are something that should be provided exclusively to the reviewers and testers, and not for trading or giveaways.


To anyone else reading this, if you've ever won a game here on SG that turned out to be a curator copy, please report it to me (by opening a support ticket). The rules will be updated soon to on reflect and put a stop to this exploit.

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Oh my bad, didn't read the rules recently and i'm pretty sure this rules doesn't exist before (i talk about 1 or maybe 2 years ago)
I ask the delete of the giveaway right now. For information, i got 2 copies with the dev the review will be well done and the other key can be used at my convenience so on this side I am clean.

All my apologies to the participants.

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The giveaway is removed.
May I ask on which page this rule is located? (I can't find it)

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The rules will be updated and more detailed soon to reflect on that. There is a rule regarding the use of curator copies from the curator connect page as seen here. Since you have access to that page, I'd imagine it would be hard to miss.

In any case, FAQ clearly states that the game has to be in a form of a Steam key or a Steam gift copy, from my understanding curator copy is neither of those - since they don't give +1 or card drops as regular copies.

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I feel dumb. I really don't see your screenshot nowhere, I looked at the faq and the guidelines and found nothing.
Anyway, now that I know, it won't happen again.

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I think if someone wins this in the giveaway and the game doesn't show up in their Steam account or eventually disappears from it, it will show as an unactivated win, which will open them up to suspension here.

In any case, props for the good intent.

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It seems to me you're looking at the wrong place. It's not in SG's rules, it's on Steam's curator connect page.

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Exactly. Thanks.

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There's no rule that explicitly states that on SG as of yet, but as xarabas has pointed out, it violates Steam's rules, specifically Steam's Curator Connect rules. If caught, it would be within Steam's rights to ban your curator account or possibly your access to the community section of Steam.

Personally, I've received multiple copies from devs before via the curator system, but these extra copies are often given for other members in the curator group to review the game so that the dev can get several reviews from different reviewers within the same curator group; they are not intended for giveaways.

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Great change!

I will look into the old tickets for the ones about curations/users that do such GA's constantly since years.
I don't mean Tucsoufle, that i never seen before doing such stuff

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Auto Bump. This giveaway is back with a key this time to fit the rules.
I will give the new link to previous participants on steam.
I will accept new entrants if they had the game in their wish list on or before October 19 and if they commit to playing the game within a month of the contest ending.

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Ok, you talked me into it :)
Judging by the review, the game looks interesting, I love psychedelic adventure games
Added a game to wishlist

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Yes he is good and the developper work hard on it since the release. It's a good thing.

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https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/9pgsJ/unrailed (the number is upside down)

Unrailed, 14 hours from now, level 1+

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Bumb The last letter is upside down

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https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/9pgsJ/unrailed

The number is upside down, Unrailed, 14 hours from now, level 1+

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This thread is for invite only links, not for group giveaways all members can see on the frontpage and nobody else can enter anyways...

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thank you for advice me this

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Recommended to delete

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thank you done

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Seems like too much of jumping and platforming for me, but thx for your contributions to this thread :)

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PART I - OVER

You finished all the way through the mountains to reach you destination.
But he trader you were supposed to meet here is not there.
You wait for several minutes until you discover a strange hole in the ground.
This seems to be some kind of entrance.
and you hear a strange whisper.
Is says "TWO zionists negotiate Xeroth's deed"
... what do you do?

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Hell Yeah !

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Brilliant,,, what games is that? :)

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Thank you

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Thank you bump :)

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Bump nwn

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fart

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Thanks!

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This one looks nice, thank you!

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Must of had these games on your Steam wish list from at least 3 days ago (October 29th and beyond)

Control [Ultimate Edition] however this code is for GOG

Dragon Age Inquisition however this code is for Origin

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can i have Control?

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Yup, sent the code to your Steam

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Can I have Dragon Age Inquisition, please? ^^

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It wasnt on your wishlist bro

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Control pls

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Sorry, it was already taken

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Dragon Age please :)

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Sent a Steam invite :D

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VGL Imperative, LvL2
Everyone Welcome 2 join!
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/t4APs/vgl-imperative

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Thanks and bump!

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Thank you!

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https://www.steambots.com/giveaway/WL*Zy/steamworld-dig * = a Proton [Level 3+]

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Everyone, do note that this is for level 3+.

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thanks&description fixed

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Control Standard Edition (Shit version from Humble Choice) Level 3+

https://www.sgtools.info/giveaways/13e458db-4572-11ec-a972-fa163e0a8583

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Thanks and bump

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thank you bump!

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thank you for invite! bump

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Bump :>

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thank you for the chance :)

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Thanks. Bump

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