Steam customers spend 5 years shopping for all of the Sizzling Canine emojis

A man wearing a cartoon sausage costume stands in front of hundreds of hot dog emojis.

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Brian Haugh, 20, has spent the past six years buying thousands of emojis “: steam2016:”Valve created to promote Steam Summer Sale 2016 and looks like a hot dog wearing little shoes. On Steam, you can buy emojis from other users in the Community Market or create them by playing games Create Steam Collections. You can use them when chatting in Steam, to edit your profile description or to create Super Mario art. Steam emoticons typically cost $0.10 with limited practical use and aesthetic value, but they make a lot more sense to Haugh.

He told me, “I will never stop looking or looking for good craftsmen. “Wieners will be in my mind until the day I die.”

18 hot dog emojis standing side by side.

Some of Haugh’s dogs.
Screenshots: Brian Haugh

Haugh is on a mission to buy every emoji: steam2016: hot dog available on the Community Market and has been doing so since he turned 16 in 2016. He often calls them “foodies.” drink” or “beauty people,” and as of June 30, he has 2,525 pieces in his collection, for more than $250. He tracks these numbers in a hardcore spreadsheet, which contains all of the user’s transaction histories and displays the data in a chart called “Wieners bought over time.”

A chart visualizing Haugh's purchase of a hot dog emoji.

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Screenshots: Brian Haugh

In the beginning, the winners were just a joke. “I was part of a small gaming group that got together to play Mount and Blade: Napoleon Wars,” Haugh said. “In the summer of 2016, the Steam wiener emoji was released, and for whatever reason, I stupidly inflated it. I kept spamming, and our leader got bored because other people started joining me. So he banned it, blocking my right to use the wiener emoji.”

In response, Haugh and his friends began sketching out plans for a “wiener resistance”, which included many spammers: steam2016: until they were kicked off the servers. He started buying emojis in bulk shortly after celebrating a successful trolling, he said. Do you remember what it was like to be 16 years old?

A list titled

2016 wiener resistance has gained momentum on Steam.
Screenshots: Brian Haugh

But if you look beyond the teenage boy’s mischief, Haugh’s attention to detail cannot be overstated. He is dedicated to his craft, which happens to be collecting barbers. He’s so dedicated that he still performs periodic checks on Steam’s wiener downloads even after feeling as though he’s made his “last purchase”, i.e. bought everything. what was available: steam2016: emoticon at the time (except for an icon that cost $400).

“It has become a religion for me,” he said. “It’s always on my mind.” And it changed his understanding of real hot dogs forever – Haugh says it “sounds weird, but I’ll see one every now and then, and the whole experience will show up in my mind.” my head and I will laugh.”

In addition to driving a schematic change, his bulk wiener purchases could also affect the Steam market. They may be the sole determinant of: steam2016: emoji prices, and due to Steam’s own spreadsheets and data visualization tools, Haugh has evidence that his bulk purchases often lead to price spiked.

Screenshot of the Steam market chart showing hot dog emoji price changes.

“No less than three days earlier, I bought 66 coffee trees,” Haugh said of the July 1 bull run.
Screenshots: Brian Haugh

It checks. “If I buy each emoji worth $0.03 – $0.10 on a specific date, such as the next day, [emoticons] sold would be $0.11,” he said. “The average value will increase and others will start selling their own collectors at $0.11, which can be considered the average transaction price for that day on the Steam marketplace. ”

“Steam’s market is similar to the stock market,” he said. “Everything can only be bought if someone else sells it,” which is why he lets the $400 wiener live.

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“I never intended to stop,” Haugh said. “There will always be some fool who will list a wiener for a few cents on the market, and when he does, I will go there to buy it.”

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