Steam Trading Beta

Published on September 6th, 2011

Valve has announced that Trading is no longer in beta and has been officially released allowing gamers to swap in-game items and indeed games via the new platform.

“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 Valve’s director of business development, Jason Holtman.

“We look forward to seeing how gamers and developers have fun and move this functionality forward.”

The scheme has been a big hit with Team Fortress 2 players who have been trading hats, weapons and other items for real games over the previous four weeks. During the beta over 1 million items and game gifts were traded.

And we all should expect this to continue with third party games joining the scheme as well. Spiral Knights will be the first non-Valve game to support the Steam Trading functionality and support for the new store has been added to the Steamworks SDK.

So the next time you craft in Team Fortress 2, don’t scrap that rare weapon as you never know what it might fetch in Steam’s auction house. You might even get a game out of it!

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