Introduction


Playing Appreciated is a group for members that like to play games they win and for giveaway creators that like to see their games getting played. This sounds simple, yet requires committent and dedication from members by filtering out games they like to play from all group giveaways and when won playing those within one month. In return members will get higher chances of winning games they want and creators will know their giveaways have a high chance of getting played. The group has more than 850 members and over 14500 historical giveaways.

Group rules


  • You need to set and keep your Steam privacy settings for My profile and Game details public (example);
  • You will play all giveaways you win via this group within one month;
  • When creating a giveaway it is recommended to include a small group rule reminder in your giveaway, something like: "This is a Playing Appreciated giveaway, by joining you commit to playing this game within a month when won.".

How to join


  1. Make sure you did not violate any SteamGifts rules in the last month;
  2. Comment one of the two options to enter the group in this discussion:
    • Option 1: Showing your commitment by playing a previous won game on SteamGifts that you did not yet play. The game shouldn't be very short and must have achievements. Comment with the name of the game before you start playing it and comment again when you finished playing it. Please upload some screenshots to Steam as well.
    • Option 2: Supporting the cause by creating a group giveaway of a game that you would like to see getting played by other group members within a month as soon as your membership request was approved. The game should not have been given away free before (marked by ** when creating a giveaway on SteamGifts).
  3. Press "Request To Join" on our group page;
  4. Wait for us to approve your request, we'll always reply on the comment you have made in this topic.

Final notes


More information and a FAQ is available via the Steam group. Current group giveaways can be found here on SteamGifts. Feel free to comment below if you have any questions!

3 years ago*

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Hello, I would like to join with option 2, because I have a game to giveaway

2 weeks ago
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Hi AlanHill, you are welcome to join with option 2. Join request approved, please make a giveaway as soon as possible and welcome to the group!

2 weeks ago
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I would like to join with option 2

2 weeks ago
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Hi andy776661, you are welcome to join with option 2. Join request approved, welcome to the group! Since you are new to SteamGifts let me know if you need any help with setting up the giveaway :)

2 weeks ago
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Hi, I would like to join with option 1.
Game won on steam gift I'm going to play: Divinity: Dragon Commander.

Quick question: Do I need to request to join now? Or after playing the game for a bit.

2 weeks ago
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HI lPyl, you are welcome to join by playing Divinity: Dragon Commander. Let me know when you beat the game!

Quick question: Do I need to request to join now? Or after playing the game for a bit.

You can request to join whenever, it doesn't matter, but it wont get accepted till you beat the game.

2 weeks ago
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Hi, just a reply to let you know that I beat the game.

(If you want to be sure, the end achievment is Emperor of Rivellon).

And I made a request to join.

1 week ago
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Congrats on beating the game! Join request approved, welcome to the group :)

1 week ago
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Thanks a lot!

1 week ago
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Hi I would like to join with option 1. I beat anomaly 2 recently, trying to beat some other games so I have enough disk space to play tomb raider.

6 days ago
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Hi sceypt, you are welcome to join with option 1. If I understand correctly then you would like to play Shadow of the Tomb Raider to join then?

6 days ago
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Ah no I knew I should've made it more clear I just completed Anomaly 2 a game I won recently from here.

6 days ago
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I am sorry, but that one does not count. You need to comment the game you are gonna play to join the group here before you start playing it.

6 days ago
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Ah guess i read it wrong. I'll be playing tomb raider then to join this group if you'll let me :)

6 days ago
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Sure, that works! Let me know once you beat it :)

6 days ago
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Welp the game was pretty hard but I beat it. If you ever play it dont do it on hardest difficulty they give you zero checkpoints lol.

3 days ago
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I am glad I started playing the game on a lower difficulty than that then :D
Congrats on beating the game! Join request approved, welcome to the group :)

3 days ago
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Hi I would like to join with option 1. But Im new to SG (2 or 3 months i guess) and only win one game so far, that i alread played a loooong time ago. What i need to do?

4 days ago
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you will get a confirmation from a mod later on but so you know quicker, if you played/beaten your wins already you are allowed to pick one of your normal backlog games to play instead. Still keeping with the achievements and no playtime (excluding idle time of course)

4 days ago
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Oh i see. Yesterday i begin Blades of time, can i finish him (i will try get 100% achievs cuz i love it haha) and then join?

4 days ago
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as I said they will want you to have a brand new game not something touched yet so you will unfortunately have to play a different game
looked at your games and wow do you have a lot of hours on a lot of them, cant say I really know what your games are like but I recognise a bunch as being on the shorter side like orwell, journey of a roach, pony island, hector to name a few

4 days ago
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Hi HasteN, it doesn't look like you played Shadowrun: Hong Kong? You don't have any playtime or achievements on it.

3 days ago
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I already played this game long time ago, not on that account. But i will play again after blades of times

3 days ago
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Ok, let me know once you beat Shadowrun: Hong Kong - Extended Edition then :)

3 days ago
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sure, about a week or so

3 days ago
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Oh i see...forget about it, it was a different shadowrun that i played long time ago.

3 days ago
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1 day ago
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Hello!
Sorry, if I understood it incorrectly, but I assume I could ask some (probably silly) questions here (though, if I need to join Steam group first for that, I could).

  1. Could I delete my achievements later with SAM from a game, which I want to join group with (Option 1)? Could I delete achievements from Games I won in this group in general or add some, if achievements have very problematic requirements?
  2. Is it safe to join any giveaways, if I usually have slower game progression (or even take break from games for a while), than one required for giveaways in general? Could/should I inform giveaway creator or moderator about my slow progression to be in safe spot and not get kicked instantly and to be able to join at least some giveaways?

Really interesting group idea, btw. :P

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Could I delete my achievements later with SAM from a game, which I want to join group with (Option 1)? Could I delete achievements from Games I won in this group in general or add some, if achievements have very problematic requirements?

Using SAM on any of the group wins is forbidden and will cause you to get banned from the group.

Is it safe to join any giveaways, if I usually have slower game progression (or even take break from games for a while), than one required for giveaways in general? Could/should I inform giveaway creator or moderator about my slow progression to be in safe spot and not get kicked instantly and to be able to join at least some giveaways?

We never kick anyone out instantly unless we have 100% proof they cheated on any of their wins or didn't bother to play the game enough in time and didn't bother thanking the giveaway creator. We always contact the members first when there are any issues with anything. However we are pretty firm on the 1 month limit to play the game (ignoring some special legitimate circumstances why the game could not be played in time) and not playing it very soon after having been warned about not having played enough will result in a kick from the group.

Link to the FAQ that might answer some more of your possible questions.

18 hours ago
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Thanks for reply and info, MouseWithBeer!
I've read FAQ, but still have some nuanced questions.

  1. SAM.
    Please correct me, if I'm wrong:
    1.1 I must not use SAM on any Group Wins even, if I've already achieved required progression legitimately and some achievements can't be achieved in any other way/problematic to achieve
    1.2 I could change with SAM my Option 1 Game (Entry Game) after I've joined Group
    1.3 I could use SAM for any other games, which aren't related to Group Giveaways in context of Group Rules

  2. 1 month limit vs progression
    Does this mean, that, if I play game in general (and could confirm it via screenshots for example), but don't make enough progression in time (ex. plot/achievements wise), I'm safe and Warning grants me some more time to play it to get at least a bit better value, rather straight up sets restricted time vs progression requirement?
    2.1 Do legitimate circumstances include game/steam/giveaway aspects only or do they also include IRL aspects (sickness/no time/issues with internet etc)?

  3. Regading progression predictions.
    If I register at playingappreciated.com, could I see required ratio for every game, which was registered there or still for "Progress" games only and should use other sites to approximately predict required progress?
    Point is that I want to know before entering giveaway, what required progress would be for specific game to ensure I won't fail with requirements.
    3.1 Do achievements values for ratio include Giveaway ID progression only? I mean, if I won Base Game, which has DLC Achievements would they count towards total requirement and if I won DLC giveaway do I need to make progression within its achievements/content?

  4. Screenshots.
    Could I hide/delete screenshots, after I achieved and confirmed required progression?

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Oh boy, this is gonna be a long one, I hope I don't miss anything:

1.1 I must not use SAM on any Group Wins even, if I've already achieved required progression legitimately and some achievements can't be achieved in any other way/problematic to achieve

Correct

1.2 I could change with SAM my Option 1 Game (Entry Game) after I've joined Group

Technically there are no rules against that I am aware because we never had this case pop up before, but you are legitimately asking for trouble if you do that.

1.3 I could use SAM for any other games, which aren't related to Group Giveaways in context of Group Rules

Correct

Does this mean, that, if I play game in general (and could confirm it via screenshots for example), but don't make enough progression in time (ex. plot/achievements wise), I'm safe and Warning grants me some more time to play it to get at least a bit better value, rather straight up sets restricted time vs progression requirement?

No, the game needs to be played to the requirements set to be safe. A warning gives you a little bit extra time but it still needs to be played up to the requirements by the time the extra time runs out.

Do legitimate circumstances include game/steam/giveaway aspects only or do they also include IRL aspects (sickness/no time/issues with internet etc)?

They do, but only for rare cases and no time is not a good excuse, that one is 100% on you.

If I register at playingappreciated.com, could I see required ratio for every game, which was registered there or still for "Progress" games only and should use other sites to approximately predict required progress?

You can see the required progress for every game that has even been given away for the group (just have to use the search box on the progress page and search for whatever game you want, there is over 3000 different games). New games are added daily and we use HLTB, Astats, Exophase, Completionist.me and Steam (reviews and digging around other people's profiles) to determine those playtime requirements. If the game has never been given away in the group before the requirements will be usually added within 24-48 hours of the first person marking such a game giveaway as received.

Do achievements values for ratio include Giveaway ID progression only? I mean, if I won Base Game, which has DLC Achievements would they count towards total requirement and if I won DLC giveaway do I need to make progression within its achievements/content?

Not sure if I understand this question correctly. All the playtime gets counted on the base game (unless you win a pack with multiple different games in it, then all of the games get shown) because that just how Steam works, you don't ever* have the playtime counting on DLC.

*some very very very very rare exceptions apply (only one I can think of from the top of my head is Tropico that has some exceptions)

Could I hide/delete screenshots, after I achieved and confirmed required progression?

Yes, the website can deal with that and saves old deleted screenshots in case we need them in the future.

I hope that answers all your questions, but I am gonna be honest here, if you have to ask so many of them about SAM and playtimes and are not sure you are able to put 5 hours max into a game in one month, you might not be a good fit for this group.

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Thank you very much for this detailed answer, MouseWithBeer!
Sorry, if I irritated with lots of questions, especially with "suspicious" one, but I just want to be informed first, rather accidently break rules later.

Technically there are no rules against that I am aware because we never had this case pop up before, but you are legitimately asking for trouble if you do that.

Why? As far as I understand it's legal to change achievements, if Devs don't restict it or am I wrong?
Issue, is that I'm not sure, if I would be able to finish fully one of my games, which I won in steamgifts (I've entered more accessible giveaways, when I've joined, rather one, which I was very interested in) and one, which I find interesting may be a bit grindy and atm I try to be more about completionism so to speak (before I was all over the place and now it feels a bit upseting). So I ask about potential option for me to delete Achievements, I've gained with Entry Game to play it later fully, when I would have proper mood and time to do so.

They do, but only for rare cases

So do I need to inform Mods, if I got sick or anything else would happen as soon as it would happen?

You can see the required progress

Thank you! My bad, I thought it was maximum.

Not sure if I understand this question correctly.

It's not very important question, more like "would it be more problematic to progress with games with DLC achievements or DLC giveaways". I meant:

  1. Would Achievements Progress value count all game achievements or only one for part, which I won?
    For example, I won Base Game, which has Achievements for DLCs. Would Achievements requirement, which presented on playingappreciated.com be affected by these DLCs achievements?
  2. Would DLC giveaways require some screenshots/achievement confirmation? Yeah, I know about time, that's why I asked. Sorry, if I wasn't very clear. English isn't my native and I'm not very good with it.

if you have to ask so many of them about SAM and playtimes and are not sure you are able to put 5 hours max

:D
Sorry. It probably looks bad, but as I've said, I need to know first, because I don't know what would be later and I want to be fair and clear to fit well without issues for any side.
As I've said, I try to be more about completionism now, so I wanted to know, what should I do, if games have problematic achievements.
As for SAM - I've used it for 1 game for 1 Achievement only. It was achievement, where you need to start game on Linux system, which basically required to install virtual machine (with all issues). I found it very unreasonable, unpleasant and not about gaming experience, so based on Devs feedback I found SAM and used it (I've also deleted all achievements on accident and then restored and then deleted all, but this one and get them back in legit way - but that's lyrics about me not being bright).
Unfortunately, while I look at some games there are other problematic achievements for completionism (for example Dirt Rally has one, which accessible only to those, who were during Early Access or a lot of old games have Multiplayer/Co-op Achievements, which could be twice as problematic for me as I'm not very social person and because old games with dead playerbase).
As for time - sure, I can play 5 hours without issues, but some games, if I understood correctly may require way more, plus Achievements Progression and I often leave Achievement completionism for last, if I'm very interested in gameplay or play it differently. Same with Plot Progression.
For example, I play Just Cause 2 atm, but only to roam around, take bases and get side achievements, but don't progress in terms of Plot. Or Warhammer, where I played 50 turns and then start new campaign (or play custom battles vs AI). I may be a bit autistic so to speak in my approach to some games. Not always a case, but sometimes it happens.

Btw, if I would chose Option 2 do I need to join Group first to make Group giveaway?

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Oh it is no problem, I don't mind answering questions.

Why? As far as I understand it's legal to change achievements, if Devs don't restict it or am I wrong?

The problem is not that it is "legal" or not, the problem is that if we ever go back at your application for whatever reasons and we see that the game in question suddenly has no achievements/has achievements that are obviously SAMed this might raise a lot of alarm bells and pose questions about what the hell is going on here and why were you allowed to enter the group like that.

So do I need to inform Mods, if I got sick or anything else would happen as soon as it would happen?

If you don't think you can make the deadline for whatever reason it is the best to contact any of us as soon as possible and we can then figure out what to do.

You can see the required progress.

Example:

Played 0.5/4 hours

0.5 is the persons current playtime
4 hours is the estimated playtime that someone would take to beat the game
The requirement then for the minimum playtime you should have would then be 4 divided by 2 so 2 hours. (unless if the estimated playtime is over 10 hours, then the minimum required playtime is always 5 hours and nothing more).
I hope that explains it a bit better.

Would Achievements Progress value count all game achievements or only one for part, which I won?
For example, I won Base Game, which has Achievements for DLCs. Would Achievements requirement, which presented on playingappreciated.com be affected by these DLCs achievements?

These get looked at case by case and game by game basis and the website may not reflect the 100% accurate state as this is very very specific stuff and would be too hard to maintain properly. It is best to just ask any of the mods what and how if you win any game like that and are unsure. You would of course never be required to get any DLC achievements if you just won the base game.

Would DLC giveaways require some screenshots/achievement confirmation? Yeah, I know about time, that's why I asked.

Playtime on the base game is generally enough, but ofc achievements and screenshots are always welcome.

Sorry, if I wasn't very clear. English isn't my native and I'm not very good with it.

No worries, neither is mine. I just didn't want to write a wall of text for the question which would end up not even answering your actual question.

where you need to start game on Linux system, which basically required to install virtual machine (with all issues).

As someone who uses Linux, this makes me sad :P but I can't hold it against you.

Unfortunately, while I look at some games there are other problematic achievements for completionism (for example Dirt Rally has one, which accessible only to those, who were during Early Access or a lot of old games have Multiplayer/Co-op Achievements, which could be twice as problematic for me as I'm not very social person and because old games with dead playerbase).

As annoying it might this sound, you would ether check the achievements for this stuff before entering or living with it as using SAM on those would break the rules and result in a ban.

As for time - sure, I can play 5 hours without issues, but some games, if I understood correctly may require way more, plus Achievements Progression and I often leave Achievement completionism for last, if I'm very interested in gameplay or play it differently. Same with Plot Progression.

Nope, 5 hours is max required (see the part of the comment where I explain the playtime above). As for achievements it is quite flexible depending from game to game and what kind of achievements the said game has so it is quite hard to speak about that. Generally if they paint the picture that you actually played the game for the minimal amount of required time (aka you are not missing an achievement that there was no way of not getting the first hour of the game and the minimum required playtime is 2 hours), screenshots can also help with that if achievements can't show that. And you can always ask what would be expected of you for a specific game.

Btw, if I would chose Option 2 do I need to join Group first to make Group giveaway?

Yep, otherwise SG wont let you make a giveaway for the group (you must not forget to manually sync your profile on SG or the group wont show up as an option). You would be expected to make one in the following 48 hours of so since you got accepted so if you go that route make sure you have the ability to do that before you request to join that way.

I hope I didn't miss anything.

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If you don't think you can make the deadline for whatever reason it is the best to contact any of us as soon as possible and we can then figure out what to do.
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It is best to just ask any of the mods what and how if you win any game like that and are unsure. You would of course never be required to get any DLC achievements if you just won the base game.
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minimum required playtime is always 5 hours and nothing more
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Generally if they paint the picture that you actually played the game for the minimal amount of required time, screenshots can also help with that if achievements can't show that.

Got it! Very much appreciate, especially pointing at double misuderstanding on my side with hours requirements and 5 hours minimum.
My bad. I misread and thought that it should be half time with at least 5 hours for every game instead of at least 5 hours for games over 10 hours. As result was afraid that some games according to howlongtobeat had very long requirement and I may not fit.
5 hours/month are not issue in any way, apart from force majeure situations, which I hope won't be a thing and I would definitely inform about such cases as soon as possible and also would try to ask, if any questionable situations would occur.

As someone who uses Linux, this makes me sad :P but I can't hold it against you.

Sorry that it made you sad ^^'
Unfortunately, Even in case of Windows I mostly use it as basic thing, rather using its full potential. New additional different system would be just too hard for me to deal with and I'm not completely sure what things it could grant compared to more familiar Windows. Also I read periodically that it sometimes has troubles with support for some products (in general or with updates), which sounds spooky.
But I would definitely read about Linux in the future to have at least basic knowledge and understanding what alternatives it brings and how it could be used.

As annoying it might this sound, you would ether check the achievements for this stuff before entering or living with it as using SAM on those would break the rules and result in a ban.

No worries. I'm already reading achievement guides to be informed about games I currently own, before playing.
Still not sure, if it worth to avoid such games or indeed just deal with it or use SAM in cases, where its not forbidden. Using SAM to get achievements doesn't seem nice and feels a bit like cheesy option, but for now for some cases its the only way to get some at least without too many troubles not related to actual gaming.
But sure, I won't break rules. Just wanted to understand more clear whole situation. I would be more reasonable in chosing what giveaways I'll join then or maybe just ignore my completionism for some.

we see that the game in question suddenly has no achievements/has achievements that are obviously SAMed this might raise a lot of alarm bells
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Yep, otherwise SG wont let you make a giveaway for the group

I think in this case it would be more productive and safe for both sides, if I join with Option 2 (also would at least contribute and F for Steamgifts). Sorry that I've stole so much of your time already, but could you help me a bit with this as well, since I never made giveaways before?
Please correct me, where I'm wrong:

  • I have "Serious Sam 2" with 1 " * " and Region restriction, which somehow seems fitting for group rules.
  • I need to join group, Sync here manually with Steam and within 48 hours create giveaway, which would be accessible as option in giveaway settings

Does giveaway time matter apart from shortest time and are there any "fair" time settings for giveaway in your opinion?

I hope I didn't miss anything.

Everything was clarified. Don't know, how to thank you. Could I at least show small appreaciation for your big involvement with some game card?

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