Valve requires new Steam users to spend $5 to access all features

Valve is taking measures against spammers and phishers as they now require Steam users to spend at least $5 on the Steam store in order to gain access to all of the platform's features.

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Valve has announced it has taken measures to help protect its customers against both spamming and phishing by limiting the access of Steam accounts. The only way to lift this restriction is by spending at least $5 in the Steam store in order to unlock all of the platform’s features.

Activating a retail game on Steam won’t remove Valve’s restrictions as they’re requiring its users to either add $5 to their Steam Wallet or purchase a game worth at least that amount. If the Steam user hasn’t spent that amount on the Steam store, they’ll be unable to access features such as sending friend invites, submitting content on Steam workshop, or voting on Steam Greenlight.

Valve has been improving the security of Steam recently, with the most recent security measure being tested has users completing a two-factor login authentication system on their mobile devices. We haven’t run into much spam or phishing on Steam recently, but keeping our precious Steam library away from hackers is something we all can get behind. Unfortunately, requiring spammers or phishers to spend at least $5 to get all of Steam's features will probably be a no-brainer to spend when you consider just how lucrative they can be if they come across a real cash cow.

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    April 20, 2015 8:12 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Valve requires new Steam users to spend $5 to access all features

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      April 20, 2015 8:13 AM

      man, that's good. i get a phony friend invite literally every day.

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        April 20, 2015 8:56 AM

        Same here. It's definitely getting worse.

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        April 20, 2015 11:06 AM

        It's happened to me maybe twice ever.

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        April 20, 2015 2:17 PM

        That has never happened to me until like 2 days ago.

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        April 20, 2015 4:21 PM

        Man you guys are popular :(

        I wish someone would be my friend.....even if it is phony

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        April 20, 2015 4:28 PM

        3 or more for me when the # of items owned is over 1000.

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      April 20, 2015 8:14 AM

      Hmm, what is this protecting against?

      AFAIK I haven't had any phishing attempts via steam. I'm torn on the idea in any case.

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        April 20, 2015 8:26 AM

        is your steam profile public or private? you'll get more when you have a valuable item in your inventory.

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          April 20, 2015 8:27 AM

          That's what happens to me. I get some drop in DOTA 2 and suddenly everyone wants to be my friend. I don't even know what it is most the time. They eventually go away. There must be a script they run to notify for new drops.

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            April 20, 2015 9:10 AM

            You can set your inventory to private or friends only.

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              April 20, 2015 9:27 AM

              Yeah I should probably do that, I don't even know what my privacy settings are in all the various Steam locations.

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          April 20, 2015 4:23 PM

          This actually spurred me to move all that to friends only, then to private because even people on my friends list became spammy with trade offers.

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            April 20, 2015 4:24 PM

            I have to keep it public for things like tf2wh. But I don't have super valuable items anymore

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        April 20, 2015 9:09 AM

        i have a Gentlemans Service Medal. for YEARS i would get 5 or 6 message a day over that fucking thing. i was so thankful when they allowed private settings or whatever they changed a couple years ago.

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          April 20, 2015 9:21 AM

          i traded mine to a shacker for a game. i was just happy to be rid of that fucking thing.

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          April 20, 2015 4:36 PM

          These are only worth a few bucks on the steam market. Are they really that high in demand?

          I had a CS:GO skin in my inventory worth about $400 US. Even after selling it I get 2-3 friend invites every day.

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        April 20, 2015 9:22 AM

        gaben hates peasants

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      April 20, 2015 8:19 AM

      Thank god for that. Spam invites are getting way annoying and my account is on private for gods sake!

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      April 20, 2015 8:21 AM

      I've had three spam invites in the last couple days. It does get annoying.

      As long as I can still invite my friends to be my friends when I get a new gamer to download steam and try something with me, I am good.

      Also, I hope a gift purchase works for full access as well.

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      April 20, 2015 8:29 AM

      I get one invite at least once a week and from ones I can see there were other friends on Steam that joined them. Probably crawling through their friends lists.

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      April 20, 2015 8:50 AM

      I'm glad I get 2-3 invites every other day. I do have public profile but have never used a trade site, which seem to be haven for random friend requests.

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      April 20, 2015 8:52 AM

      thank goodness. this is a good move!

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      April 20, 2015 8:59 AM

      Awesome so tired of the two to three requests I get a day from people wanting to be my friend just to trade or something else.

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      April 20, 2015 9:05 AM

      wonder how it will work for gifts? my girlfriends account mostly has F2P games and lots of things ive just gifted over to her account but ive never bought anything directly through her account.

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        April 20, 2015 9:08 AM

        She needs to stop being a freeloader already and get spending!

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        April 20, 2015 9:26 AM

        https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=3330-IAGK-7663

        I received my game(s) as a gift, will I gain access to all features?
        No, games that have been received as a gift or via Steam Trading are not eligible.

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          April 20, 2015 9:29 AM

          That really sucks. I get why they say that, but this is how I introduce many of my friends to gaming. Now it feels like I will be buying them something and not including the batteries. I hate that "here's your gift, now go spend money to use it" aspect. (Yes I know the game will still work).

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            April 20, 2015 9:31 AM

            It does suck, but the amount of spam flowing through Steam is getting bad. That screensaver bullshit from last year was horrible. They have to do something.

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          April 20, 2015 9:34 AM

          Gaben demands sacrifice.

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          April 20, 2015 11:36 AM

          Maybe the unlocking all features can be a gift itself?

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          April 20, 2015 2:52 PM

          Yeah, that's stupid.

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      April 20, 2015 9:39 AM

      Not allowing retail game purchases to unlock the features is a mistake, at least if it's an actual physical copy of the game and not just an online code. Believe it or not, some people still buy physical copies of games for PC, particularly in countries where days caps are the norm.

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        April 20, 2015 9:40 AM

        I meant data caps. Whee phone typing

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        April 20, 2015 11:08 AM

        You could put $5 in your Steam Wallet. If you're the sort of person who won't make use of 5 Steambux you're probably also the sort of person who won't make use of features like trading etc.

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        April 20, 2015 11:20 AM

        Or where retail is 20%-50% cheaper than Steam prices.

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        April 20, 2015 11:51 AM

        it's a one time thing, it's no big deal.

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      April 20, 2015 3:35 PM

      If a spammer is going to make more than $5 from spamming wouldn't they just go buy some indie game or something to get access?

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        April 20, 2015 4:26 PM

        Spammers have to make hundreds of accounts at a time, and they're constantly being shutdown. That gets expensive real quick.

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      April 20, 2015 4:32 PM

      What would you all think if Origin did this?

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        April 20, 2015 4:41 PM

        Probably the same way if there was a huge problem with spam accounts being used to phish and scam valuable items from people.

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          April 20, 2015 4:43 PM

          We wouldn't be screaming at the top of our lungs for EA to find a different way to solve the problem because having to pay to use a historically free service seems pretty ridiculous?

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        April 20, 2015 4:44 PM

        I think Valve does a lot of things terribly and should be called on it. I'm a bit indifferent on this issue though.

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      April 20, 2015 4:43 PM

      So if I've already bought 50+ games in the past and I'm clearly a person who has spent money on steam, that’s not proof enough that I'm not some spammer guy?

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        April 20, 2015 4:54 PM

        Pretty sure it's retroactive.

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        April 20, 2015 5:24 PM

        They've already been using a similar system already. It's something that only affects new accounts when they are created. I think it used to be that you just had to buy a game on the service. So a spammer would likely scroll though and just buy anything that was less than a dollar.

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      April 20, 2015 4:57 PM

      Is this really going to stop trade spam invites? I'd expect most of those people have the $5 requirement covered.

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        April 20, 2015 5:10 PM

        It may not stop that but it'll certainly stop the scam accounts to a certain degree

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      April 23, 2015 12:26 PM

      "requiring spammers or phishers to spend at least $5 to get all of Steam's features will probably be a no-brainer to spend"

      Not nescessarly, they are probably trying to stop mass-creation of accounts. IE underpaid workers who create accounts, friend people and start spamming or phishing. maybe if they create like a thousand accounts, maybe they can rake in 5000$ or so, but with a cost of 5$ per account, it becomes less profitable, especially if valve tries to get rid of spammer accounts, theyll have to keep spending money.

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