For some, receiving a game as a gift on Steam is a pretty special occurrence, we all love games, but we all love them more when they’re gifted to us. If you already happen to own that game however, there is a way to change it for something better by trading your gifted game with someone else. Unfortunately some people have taken this option and have exploited it for their own personal gain, but changes to the way Steam Gifts works should hopefully stop that.
For some the ability to trade games has become a legitimate way to scam users for free titles, the biggest example of this is someone trading a gifted game for something else, or even multiple items, only to have their credit card company cancel the transaction causing Steam to revoke the game from the current players possession meaning not only do they not have the game they traded for, they also lose the games they traded.
The latest change to Steam Gifts is that any game purchased as a gift then stored in the players inventory must remain there for thirty days before they can trade it. This hopefully gives Steam enough time to verify the transaction and also closes the window scammers have to charge-back the purchase.
“We’ve made this change to make trading gifts a better experience for those receiving the gifts. We’re hoping this lowers the number of people who trade for a game only to have the game revoked later due to issues with the purchaser’s payment method,” Valve said.
Unfortunately this has left some Steam users unhappy as the majority of players are genuine when they trade titles, sadly it’s those who are not genuine who have ruined it for everyone else.