Card Hunter: New Steam Trading Feature Launched

Steam Trading Cards, officially launched in late June, have Steam gamers wheeling and dealing like never before. That’s saying something given the extensive hat swapping that’s been going on in Team Fortress 2 for years. Recognizing this, Valve just made our efforts to collect every last card in the tradingverse easier with a vastly improved trading system.

Valve outlined the new feature in a Trading Feature announcement on Steam. Here are the basics: Now live, the rejiggered Steam Trading Offers system allows users to propose a complete trade, including what a potential trade partner will give up, and send it off. Trade targets receive a message in their Steam inbox and can accept, decline, or make a counter offer. Perhaps most notably, trades can now be offered from your web browser.

That’s a big improvement over the previous system, which required both traders to be logged on to Steam, severely limiting how and when trades could be made. It also means I should finally be able to get my hands on that ninth PayDay 2 card I’ve been coveting.

Valve notes that all trades are still limited to Steam friends, though it is currently considering expanding the feature.

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