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Valve Officially Launches Steam Trading

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.

  • neon871
    Steam sucks its that simple - enough said
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  • Herr_Koos
    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
    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
    neon871Steam sucks its that simple - enough saidYou 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
    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
    @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
    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
    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
    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
    _I_ _WANT_ _THIS_ _IN_ _SKYRIM_
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