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Valve Changes Rules for Trading on Steam

Posted December 2, 2014 by Kat in News

What with all the holiday sales that have been coming up on Steam, no doubt business for the online retailer has been soaring.  But now, the Valve-owned purchasing platform is making some key changes in its rules, specifically those regarding the trading of games via Steam.

In an announcement post, Valve explained that the changing of rules now means that any games which have been purchased during the holidays will no longer be instantly tradeable.  Instead, the buyer will have to wait 30 days before the game can be traded to another.  Said Valve, “All new games as a gift and placed in the purchaser’s inventory will be untradeable for 30 days.  We’ve made this change to make trading gifts a better experience for those receiving the gifts. We’re hoping this lowers the number of people who trade for a game only to have the game revoked later due to issues with the purchaser’s payment method.”

So what this means is, they’ve had issue with people buying games through fraudulent payments and then trading the game away to another poor soul who then loses access to the game entirely because the original payment didn’t go through.  This 30-day embargo should hopefully prevent these kinds of transactions.

Valve also did make clear that gifts that aren’t being traded can still be gifted at any time.

Source: Joystiq

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Kat aspires to be the ultimate crazy cat lady. But until that day comes, she remains faithfully committed to her PS3 and Wii, and spends far too much time online arguing about Star Trek. She can also occasionally be found posting under the pseudonym AmaltheaElanor.

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