Steam is great. Steam is love and Steam is life. It is the quintessential store for the PC Master Race and represents all that is right with video games. Unfortunately, the keyblade alone cannot seal the Door to Darkness. People have found a way to abuse a very well-intended mechanic within the Steam store known as Steam Trades and in response, Valve has decided to drastically change their gifting/trading policies.
Let’s say during Steam Summer Sale, you picked up a sweet -50% off Assassin’s Creed 3 to gift to a friend whom you later find out, already had the game. Instead of downloading the game for yourself you decide to save it in your inventory. A few days later, a stranger offers to trade you Assassin’s Creed 4 for Assassin’s Creed 3. Naturally, you take the trade and enjoy the game for a week.
At the end of this week, your copy of the game has been removed from your Steam inventory and upon your inquiry of Steam Support, you find that the traded copy of Assassin’s Creed 4 was charged back and the sale fell through. This means the original buyer told his bank it was a fraudulent purchase and they return his money and Steam confiscated the game.
You’ve been scammed and all you have to play is Red Faction. AGAIN.
It’s scams like these that have been on the rise and stirring up serious problems in the community and are why Valve has decided to slam a new rule in the playbook.
Hopefully this will prevent anymore debacles from occurring from Steam Trades.