The games industry is easing into its annual holiday coma, but we doubt Valve's offices are currently quiet and sleepy. Steam, PC's premiere digital game distribution platform, has been up and down like Santa doing the chimney thing on Christmas Eve.
SteamDB, a third-party Steam server tracker, indicates things are slowly coming back to life, however. There's no word on why the outages happened, or when Steam will be back for good. Valve seemingly isn't responding to press inquires at the time of this writing, nor has the official Steam Twitter updated with any news on the issue.
The outages might be related to the annual holiday Steam sale, which kicked off yesterday (psst – here's what you should buy in the Steam Winter Sale once Steam's servers are wholly back in the green).
Steam was afflicted with sickness last Christmas, too. A caching error briefly allowed users to access other users' names and partial credit card information before Valve fixed the problem.
Hopefully the problem is resolved soon and Steam will be in tip-top shape for the rest of the sale period.