Trade Digital Crap for Other Digital Crap in Steam Trading Beta

Got a pile of Team Fortress 2 hats you stupidly purchased during a drunken online identity crisis? Finding yourself staring down a pile of gifted Steam games you have no intention of ever playing? Well then good news, PC gamer! There’s a new program in which you can trade that digital crap you own for the digital crap other people own.

It’s called Steam Trading, and it’s currently in beta testing. It works by allowing you to trade either ungifted games you have purchased or in-game items for Team Fortress 2 with (basically) your friends. Only TF2 items and gifted games are supported at the moment, so don’t think you’re about to sell off all those stupid games you bought that you’ve never played — this is only for game codes that haven’t been redeemed before.

In order to check out the trading goodness, you’ll need to opt into the Steam Trading beta, and have friends or aquaintences who do the same. You can do that by firing up Steam and going to the “Steam” menu on the top left, then clicking the “Settings” menu. Go down about midway to where you can manage your beta opt-ins and click the Steam Trading beta and you’re done after a quick restart of the program.

With that done, you can manage your trade-ready inventory from the Community tab and invite trades with people on your friends list or in a Group Chat in the beta. You can even drag items into chat windows to show them off.

Once you trade an item, it’s gone, so keep that in mind. Items you receive in trade can be traded again or activated on the spot. Here’s a big FAQ from Valve about how the whole process works.

Valve hasn’t said if other games will be included in the program, but it seems like if it’s successful with TF2, it wouldn’t be a big stretch to see Portal 2 and other games tossed in as well — so you can get rid of that stupid-ass TF2 hat and get yourself a glorious Portal 2 robot hat. In theory.

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6 Comments on Trade Digital Crap for Other Digital Crap in Steam Trading Beta

Kyle W.

On August 10, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Ah, I may finally get rid of some of my vintage items, since I never play Hat Fortress 2.


On August 10, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Steam. Last year i tried to gift a buddy of mine in the UK Bad Company 2 for his birthday and those douches locked my account and flagged it for fraud. Luckily I only had a couple of games connected to steam at all. D2D and Impulse, hell even Origin will get my business before Steam does again.


On August 11, 2011 at 8:22 am

You shouldn’t be committing fraud :/


On August 11, 2011 at 8:53 am


Hey that happened to me once, and I swear I did not commit fraud.
I think it maybe something to do with server update, or overload, or sth.
Anyways I contacted support and they revived my acc but those purchases were gone :(


On August 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm

“Trade Digital Crap for Other Digital Crap in Steam Trading Beta”

lol That headline says it all.

Valve = grooming more tweens and teens to waste money and gift more worthless virtual crap for a free game. Now talk about committing fraud…


On September 16, 2011 at 8:03 pm

The steam forums suck for trading stuff, check out this site: