Steam Trading officially launches

Steam's snazzy interface for trading games and in-game items has come out of public testing and officially launched, letting you swap hats for games and all that jazz.

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Steam's snazzy new trading feature has come out of public testing and officially launched. It lets Steam users swap games for hats, hats for guns, or any combination thereof through a snazzy and secure interface.

The official launch also adds support for trading Spiral Knights and Portal 2 items, on top of the Team Fortress 2 trading seen in the beta. The Steam store also now has the option to buy gift copies of games to stash in your inventory for later gifting or trading. Only unused gift copies can be traded, not games you've played or accepted.

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

Trading has also been added Valve's Steamworks SDK, letting other developers add it to their own games.

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    September 7, 2011 7:30 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Steam Trading officially launches.

    Steam's snazzy interface for trading games and in-game items has come out of public testing and officially launched, letting you swap hats for games and all that jazz.

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      September 7, 2011 7:39 AM

      Not a single fuck.

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        September 7, 2011 8:37 AM

        Fuck that statement. I didn't have to install shit and I traded something for renegade ops

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          September 7, 2011 10:34 AM

          nice. I got a ton of vintage TF2 stuff, but nobody wants it :(

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      September 7, 2011 7:48 AM

      Only unplayed games though, so it's not really that useful.

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      September 7, 2011 7:53 AM

      Doesn't interest me but the guy at work who plays a lot of TF2 has now got 3 full retail games free out of this.

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      September 7, 2011 8:35 AM

      OMG I am friends with Iron Bellows Buttocks! I know a celeb!!

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      September 7, 2011 8:37 AM

      i cannot wait to trade Dirt3 for something better

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      September 7, 2011 9:25 AM

      Does this mean the best thing to do with a purchase you don't intend to install and play immediately is to purchase it as a gift? That way you can trade it if it ends up in excessive game backlog. Can you gift games to yourself?

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      September 7, 2011 9:27 AM

      So what does all this mean, exactly? Any game with Steamworks swag (a la hats, etc...) will be able to be traded for interchangeably?

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      September 7, 2011 12:00 PM

      They should create a used game market (SteamBay) to allow users to trade their games, they could get a cut of the resale.

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        September 7, 2011 12:37 PM

        I'm sure that won't please the game companies that invest on steam.

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          September 7, 2011 2:11 PM

          Well, there would be a transfer fee, and Steam and the producers would all get a cut. And maybe it would only be allowed after a long time.