As expected, the 2022 edition of the Steam Summer Sale brings plenty of discounts on a broad spectrum of different games. It also involves a few different promotional events. There’s a riddle (involving someone named Clorthax) that awards players with a limited-time Badge. And, like in previous years, there’s a Summer Sale-themed Badge, called the Steam 3000 Badge.
To get the new Badge, you need to craft it from Trading Cards, just like you do for other Badges. This particular Badge requires completing a set of 10 Trading Cards themed after the aforementioned Clorthax. Since these cards aren’t associated with any particular game, though, you can’t earn them by just spending time playing games. Instead, you earn them by participating in the Summer Sale in a few different ways.
How to get Steam 3000 Trading Cards
- Complete Explore queues: This is the easiest option for earning Trading Cards. All you need to do is go to your Store page and scroll down until you see the prompt to start another Discovery queue, as shown above. Then, just scroll through all the games in the queue to receive one free Trading Card. You can only do this once per day though, and it resets at 12 PM ET.
- Purchase games: You can also earn Trading Cards by buying games during the sale. You will receive one Card per $10 spent.
- Trade for Cards: You can trade for Cards in the Trade Forum or directly with anyone on your friends list. It’s also easy to check if any friends have Cards you’re missing in the set by selecting the Steam 3000 Badge on your Badges page.
- Buy Cards on the market: If you’d rather not bother with the process of getting Card drops or trading for them, or if you just want to fill in a gap or two in your collection, you can always just purchase Trading Cards from the Community Market. This usually isn’t too expensive, with most Cards selling somewhere in the $0.06-0.08 range, although limited-time Cards are likely to be more expensive.
Doing these objectives will give you everything you need to pick up this badge.