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Steam Trading out of beta, Spiral Knights first third-party to join

Tuesday, 6th September 2011 21:05 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Valve has announced the official launch of Steam Trading, which allows users to exchange in-game items and game gifts.

The beta, which began with Team Fortress 2 items and game gifts, has apparently ended and the service has added Spiral Knights and Portal 2 to the Steam Trading infrastructure.

“The addition of Steam Trading is the latest example of how Steam continues to evolve with new features and functions developed based upon feedback,” said Jason Holtman, director of business development. “We look forward to seeing how gamers and developers have fun and move this functionality forward.”

During the four week beta, over 1 million items and game gifts were traded.

Support for Steam Trading has been added to the Steamworks SDK.

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8 Comments

  1. DarkElfa

    Now if they would only allow us to trade games.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Phoenixblight

    @1

    Will never happen. Publishers are trying to destroy second hand sales. WHat would happen is every publisher will pull out of Steam if they were to even think about doing such a thing.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Hallonglass

    Awesome!

    #3 3 years ago
  4. countchocula

    @1 @2 of course you can trade games. That is one of the fundamental features of the program. I participated in the beta.

    also, when buying new games and publisher package deals, you can put them in your locker and decide later if you want to use them for yourself, give them away as a gift or trade them for something else.

    Previously, you had to decide at checkout whether you wanted to buy a game for yourself or give it away as a gift.

    I think a lot of people are going to take advantage of this program by buying games cheaply when the go on sale (even if they already have the game in question), then trading them later for games they want.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Phoenixblight

    @4

    THats not exactly trading a game though that is placing in a “buffer” but once you install the game you can’t trade it in for another game. Once the game is installed you are stuck with it.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. countchocula

    @5 these games are nothing more than downloaded data files. It makes no sense to allow members to trade “used” data files to other members. That would completely cannibalize sales.

    Giving members the ability to buy games on sale, put them in a locker and decide later whether to trade them for something else, give them away or use them for ourselves is great news IMO.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Phoenixblight

    “these games are nothing more than downloaded data files. It makes no sense to allow members to trade “used” data files to other members. That would completely cannibalize sales.”

    That’s exactly what I was saying would never happen.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. countchocula

    I understand your comment now, yes, that will probably never happen.

    #8 3 years ago

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