IamA Guy who ran a Reddit-wide Free Christmas Game Giveaway. AMA!
My short bio: Not sure I'm really that interesting, but a few people have been asking for it now. For Christmas, I ran a free Steam game giveaway to everyone on Reddit.
For those who don't know, Steam is a video game distribution platform. You enter a code and you can redeem a video game.
I've spent much of October and November buying keys from bundles (where you can usually get 10-12 games for a few dollars) and planning this.
The announcement thread is here https://np.reddit.com/r/humblebundles/comments/a4t18e/to_celebrate_christmas_on_christmas_eve_i_will_be/
The actual giveaway is here:https://np.reddit.com/r/humblebundles/comments/a9dat4/merry_christmas_post_here_to_receive_a_free_steam/
My biggest shock was waking up on Christmas with 3,000 comments. My original plan was for 1,000 keys, given or take a few hundreds. Little did I know, I would get completely obliterated by comments and free game requests.
This is what my inbox looks like at this very moment: https://imgur.com/a/JQNll05. Even a day after the giveaway has ended, I am STILL receiving private messages faster than I can reply to them and I don't think I will live long enough to read all those messags.
The hardest part by far was that I had to send keys manually, probably the biggest mistake or mis-estimation I've done in my entire life. Originally, I thought it would take me 5 seconds to send each key. 1,000 keys * 5 seconds = 5,000, a hour and a half. But the fact was that 6 hours later and one very painful hand, I had barely sent 500.
As of now, I am still sending keys to people who commented and this will most likely occupy my entire holidays. The whole thing was absolutely insane, but it really brought what I loved the most with Christmas and holiday times.
At the time of writing this, the thread has 44,000 comments and rising. I would have never been able to keep sending keys without people generously donating their keys to me. As of now, I have sent 750 keys of my original 1,000 and probably close to 2,000-3,000 keys I've received by PM. Despite a day and a half of work I've barely done 10% :$
Feel free to ask anything about logistics/weird PM I received. Thank you