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Valve Officially Launches Steam Trading

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Steam Trading is now officially available to all Steam users via Team Fortress 2, Spiral Knights and Portal 2.

Tuesday Valve Software officially pulled Steam Trading of out beta and is now offering the service to all Steam users via Team Fortress 2, Spiral Knights and Portal 2. Now everyone can shower each other with exchangeable in-game items and game gifts.

"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."

The Steam Trading beta began with Team Fortress 2 items and game gifts last month. According to Valve, over 1 million items and game gifts were traded during the four-week beta. However, now that the trading service is open to everyone, users will now see an item inventory in their Steam Community profile which will be viewable by everyone in the community.

"We’re working with other developers to incorporate Trading and Inventories into their games, so keep an eye out for future announcements in the coming months," Valve reports, adding that support for Steam Trading now resides within the Steamworks SDK

For more information about trading via Steam, check out the FAQ here.

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    Herr_Koos , September 7, 2011 10:32 AM
    neon871Steam sucks its that simple - enough said


    Wow. What a brilliant and insightful comment. How can one possibly disagree with your logic?
  • 17 Hide
    back_by_demand , September 7, 2011 11:27 AM
    maisereWhy do people hate steam?

    Because the client running in the background as well as the game they claim slows down their PC, thereby affecting game performance.

    It did for me too, back when I had a Pentium 3 and 512Mb of SDRAM.

    Since then I have a machine that was made on the fashionable side of the 21st century and having something running in the background with a footprint the size of calculator or notepad doesn't make my cheap, crap, rubbish PC fall over.

    Could also be hating coming from game pirates who just can't bear to part with cash to play games. Ever.
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    maisere , September 7, 2011 11:16 AM
    @lespy
    You forgot promoting indie gamers, which I think is the biggest plus of the whole platform

    Why do people hate steam? I recently formatted my computer to install an ssd, and not only were the games back on with zero problem but my saves were still intact.
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  • 29 Hide
    Herr_Koos , September 7, 2011 10:32 AM
    neon871Steam sucks its that simple - enough said


    Wow. What a brilliant and insightful comment. How can one possibly disagree with your logic?
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    x Heavy , September 7, 2011 10:41 AM
    My experiences with Steam has been less than optimal. I will take these news with a grain of salt and figure I have a bunch of selfish gamers who keep what they earn.
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    back_by_demand , September 7, 2011 10:47 AM
    neon871Steam sucks its that simple - enough said

    You are an idiot.
    Is that witty and insightful enough for you, now that you have dragged
    me down to your level?

    Enough said.
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    lespy , September 7, 2011 10:51 AM
    Steam is the best service for PC gamers, if you can name any other that offers all the features and has the functionality that steam does I would like to see it for myself.

    +all my games in one place, unlimited digital copies.
    +gift games to friends so I can play with them.
    +overlay for chat and screen captures.
    +games offered for free and daily deals and discounts on top games.
    +custom gamer profiles and groups.
    +the list goes on and on.
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    maisere , September 7, 2011 11:16 AM
    @lespy
    You forgot promoting indie gamers, which I think is the biggest plus of the whole platform

    Why do people hate steam? I recently formatted my computer to install an ssd, and not only were the games back on with zero problem but my saves were still intact.
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    Goldengoose , September 7, 2011 11:25 AM
    maisere@lespyYou forgot promoting indie gamers, which I think is the biggest plus of the whole platformWhy do people hate steam? I recently formatted my computer to install an ssd, and not only were the games back on with zero problem but my saves were still intact.

    The saves are brilliant. Swap computers and have the same saves, go to my mates and have the same saves. Can't complain!
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    back_by_demand , September 7, 2011 11:27 AM
    maisereWhy do people hate steam?

    Because the client running in the background as well as the game they claim slows down their PC, thereby affecting game performance.

    It did for me too, back when I had a Pentium 3 and 512Mb of SDRAM.

    Since then I have a machine that was made on the fashionable side of the 21st century and having something running in the background with a footprint the size of calculator or notepad doesn't make my cheap, crap, rubbish PC fall over.

    Could also be hating coming from game pirates who just can't bear to part with cash to play games. Ever.
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    lesz422 , September 7, 2011 11:50 AM
    well said back_by_demand 09/07/2011 1:27 PM !!!!!!!!!!



    never had one issue with steam since 2004, but i guess for some thats not enough, and guess the pirates hate it!
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    nekromobo , September 7, 2011 11:53 AM


    _I_ _WANT_ _THIS_ _IN_ _SKYRIM_
  • 3 Hide
    Herr_Koos , September 7, 2011 12:42 PM
    ^Lol @Valve time, so true...

    I wish they would take some of the money they make off Steam to sink into a new Half-life game already.
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    Apple Troll Master , September 7, 2011 12:57 PM
    Steam Sucks! They are trying to be like Facebook...."You want a golden llama for your Rocket Launcher?"
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    three0duster , September 7, 2011 12:58 PM
    x HeavyMy experiences with Steam has been less than optimal. I will take these news with a grain of salt and figure I have a bunch of selfish gamers who keep what they earn.


    And what exactly is wrong with keeping what you earn? Do you want everything just given to you on a silver platter?
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    beardguy , September 7, 2011 1:00 PM
    I could care less about this news ...

    However if Valve would make a trading system for trading games bought through Steam, that would be great. Imagine buying a new game for $50, beating it in a few weeks, and then being able to trade it to somoene else for a different game.

    I'm not a Steam hater, but the one thing that has always really made me mad was the pricing. If I'm buying a digital version of a new game, it should not be $50 or $60. I get no instruction manual, no fancy box, and no game disc. Obviously it's cheaper for the publishers to sell games this way, so why not pass some of the savings onto us? Tack on the fact that you are stuck with the game and can't trade or sell it, and I think there's some real downfall to buying games through Steam.
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    eyemaster , September 7, 2011 1:43 PM
    Steam has been really annoying lately. TF2, CSS and a few other games have been updating way too often lately! Seems every day steam is updating my games. My internet connection is not fast enough to endure all this updating.
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    mchuf , September 7, 2011 1:44 PM
    Why do I dislike (I don't really hate because I'm sure someone else would have done this if it wasn't Valve) Valve/Steam? Because it basically main-streamed the "you don't own what you buy" revolution in consumer goods. The only reason Steam isn't the worst thing out there is because other companies have surpassed it in treating customers like thieves or walking atm's (at best) instead of equal partners in transactions. This "having no control" of your purchase has creeped down into hardware now. It's sickening to think that I'm violating the law by doing any modification to some products that I have purchased.

    I guess I'm old fashioned in believing that once I purchase something I should be able to re-sell or trade it or do whatever I want with it at my leisure. Modern software companies have perverted the marketplace in favor of the primary market and thus have destroyed the secondary market (a concept that has been around since the birth of commerce).
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    igot1forya , September 7, 2011 1:56 PM
    Does this allow you to trade out-of-game? Like trade the games them selves over Steam? I would be interested in that too if it was an option. I have several Steam games that I no longer play (and I appreciate the option to install them without the CD). Steam could cut right into the recycled game sector by allowing this.
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    igot1forya , September 7, 2011 1:59 PM
    eyemasterSteam has been really annoying lately. TF2, CSS and a few other games have been updating way too often lately! Seems every day steam is updating my games. My internet connection is not fast enough to endure all this updating.

    I hear that! I uninstalled CSS because it literally was telling me EVERY DAY "CounterStrike: Source has been updated" - Gee thanks!
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    Anonymous , September 7, 2011 2:02 PM
    If steam.exe running in the background is kicking your computers ass, no offense but it's time for an upgrade.
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    gokanis , September 7, 2011 2:06 PM
    back_by_demandCould also be hating coming from game pirates who just can't bear to part with cash to play games. Ever.


    No its because their computers are slow. No pirate is bothered by protection, steam or otherwise.

    It is a nice service, even though I only only own a few games that I got from steam. It's handy when you reinstall.
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