Valve has introduced the Steam Trading Beta into its popular distribution service, allowing users to trade in-game items and Steam gifts between accounts.
Upon activating the beta through the Steam settings tab, players are provided with an inventory on their community page which contains tradable in-game items and games which have not yet been activated.
These items can then be traded with anyone on your friends list via a new trading system, during which both players must agree to the trade.
Currently Team Fortress 2
is the only game supported, although Portal 2
is set to be added to the scheme "reasonably soon" and several third-party titles will be added in the coming months.
Valve also noted that a new checkout option has been added to the Steam Store, which allows users to save games that are purchased for future trading.
The company introduced a store
for virtual item purchases and player-to-player trading in Team Fortress 2
last year, with most items selling for up to $4.99.
It has also been tinkering with the Steam client recently, with an update last month that saw the platform receive new server and client code
as a means of improving download speeds for its users.