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Battlegrounds item trading shut down due to marketplace abuse

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds developer PUBG Corp. has turned off personal item trading for Steam players after some were found to be abusing the system.

Chris Kerr

May 4, 2018

1 Min Read

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds developer PUBG Corp. has turned off personal item trading for Steam players after some were found to be abusing the system. 

In a short blog post, the studio explained some players have been using Steam's 'personal trade' function -- which is supposed to let people exchange items without any costs attached -- to sell items through third-party sites. 

"This is essentially an abuse of the system," explained the dev. "To prevent this, we're temporarily turning off personal trades while we search for a better solution. Once we figure out a way to prevent abuse, the restriction will be lifted."

Effectively, this means some wily customers have been flogging items on external sites so they can rake in real-world cash, as all money made from sales within the Steam ecosystem must be reinvested on Valve's digital marketplace. 

Third-party websites sprung up to circumvent that restriction, and usually take a cut of the profits in exchange for letting users sell their digital goods for tangible dollars. 

Given skin and other items sales can be worth a fair chunk of cash, it's no surprise to see PUBG Corp. working to close those loopholes.

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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