News Valve changes Steam gift trading rules

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  1. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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  2. rollo

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    So if im reading this right I cant buy a copy of a game for me then for my friend and send it to him? Just what are you thinking valve. Just encourage more people to find sites that offer keys for sale.
     
  3. faugusztin

    faugusztin I *am* the guy with two left hands

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    No. You only cannot trade it, in exchange for items. You can gift it.
     
  4. Cerberus90

    Cerberus90 Car Spannerer

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    Makes sense to me. Although IMO, anyone who's buying games from unknown people on steam through trading is asking for trouble.
     
  5. DbD

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    You can gift it to them for free.
     
  6. fix-the-spade

    fix-the-spade Well-Known Member

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    So essentially this changes nothing then, re-sellers will use Ebay or a third party site, take the money there and then 'gift' the game to appropriate user assuming it's not all a scam.

    The ability to sell licenses across accounts 'second hand' would probably kill this stone dead but hey, what do we know?
     
  7. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

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    The way I read it is this -

    If you buy the game as a gift for a mate, nothing changes - the game still goes to your mate...

    If you buy the game and stick it in your inventory or you get the game as part of a promo [such as bundled with another game] - then you have to wait 30 days before you can trade it with someone...
     
  8. jimmyjj

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    Bingo.
     
  9. faugusztin

    faugusztin I *am* the guy with two left hands

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    It fixes the trading scam inside the Steam - the ones where you swap items or games for another game, where the credit card transaction is later disputed by real owner of the card, to which Valve reacts by removing the bought game. And the victim ends up with nothing in exchange for his items.
     
  10. atlas

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    Makes sense but it should be made clear in the opening line that gifting is still allowed immediately.
     
  11. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Personally, I think it's pretty well covered in the article. I quote:
    Emphasis added. Not really sure why there was any confusion to begin with - the article clearly states that the new rules affect only trading, and include a quote directly from Valve confirming that gifting is not subject to any time restrictions.
     
  12. silk186

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    Will this have any effect on online steam key sales?
    I've bought a steam key that I believe was gifted to me before.
     

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