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Post by Eorl @ 10:52am 26/11/14 | 5 Comments
In a move meant to stifle the activities of Steam code resellers, Valve Software has announced a new policy for gift codes. Going forward you will no longer be able to trade Steam gift codes for at least thirty days, according to Valve. There will be no restrictions on giving these codes away as gifts, as intended.

"All new games purchased as a gift and placed in the purchaser's inventory will be untradable for 30 days," says Valve. "The gift may still be gifted at any time. The only change is to trading."

"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."

This small change should make it a bit more difficult for Steam users who buy gift codes in bulk during sales and try to trade them for cash - usually for a higher price than they paid for them.

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Posted 11:45am 26/11/14
sounds good to me
Posted 01:36pm 26/11/14
In other news a rather large cheating problem has hit the international gaming scene where cheats are accessible through steamworks, leading to LAN competition hacks. In particular FPS games like Counter Strike.

Several Pro-level players got busted recently, and the thoughts are that at least 30 semi-pro to pro- players are using them in qualifiers and possibly at the events themselves. Dreamhack Winter 2014 is about to start, with $250,000US prize money or there abouts.
Posted 12:07am 27/11/14
So is this going to affect the availability of new games via CD key websites?
Posted 12:31am 27/11/14
Doesn't sound like it, Khel. When you purchase a gift on Steam, you have the option to keep it in your Steam Inventory, rather than send it to someone right away. It sounds like this is just a hold on how long you have to wait until you can trade it for another user's inventory item.
Posted 08:56am 03/12/14
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