Steam Guard Is Mandatory For Trades Starting Dec. 12

If you’ve accessed your Steam account from a new computer at any point in the last year – or even if you’ve un-and then re-installed the application – then you’ve encountered Steam Guard, which requires you to verify via a code sent to your email account that you’re the legitimate owner of the Steam account in order to activate it. I approve, since it’s the least inconvenience system for doing so I’ve encountered in a long time. It’s also about to become an important requirement to enable trading of games.

Eagle-eyed Redditors have posted an image verifying that policy change, which we’ve posted here:

As you see, you won’t need to use Steam Guard in order to trade a game, but you’ll have to have done so from the computer you’re using to conduct the trade. A fair trade=off (zing) if you ask me. Redditors speculate that the move is designed to prevent exploitations of the upcoming winter sale, which happened last year, but whatever the reason, it’s happening.

Via PC GamesN.

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1 Comment on Steam Guard Is Mandatory For Trades Starting Dec. 12

Patches

On November 27, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Steam is probably the 1st to comply with the EU ruling saying that a customer is indeed owner of it’s game and can do anything he want with it (actually, I can think of anything else but give or trade, for a digital purchased game…) and trying to give us the tools to do it…

Again, even if Steam is not perfect, it manages to be innovative and ahead of its competitor…
I wonder how long it will take MS LIVE or Origin to do the same… (Hint: Don’t hold your breath)…