Steam is a digital distribution platform developed by Valve Corporation. The service’s initial release was in 2003 and at the time, it was going to be a platform that would allow users to update their games easily and automatically. Steam was also supposed to have anti-piracy and anti-cheat measures, so those players who really wanted to play Counter Strike’s latest version (1.6) needed to run the client. Eventually, the service became massive and Valve added new games, mods, updates, newer interfaces, chat functionality and free-to-play games.
Now, the company is adding Steam Trading, a program which will allow users to exchange in-game items and gifted titles. At the moment, this addition is in beta and it’ll only support Team Fortress 2 and full games acquired as gifts through the store, but Valve is also expecting to add support to Portal 2 and other third-party titles soon.
When a customer buys a game as a gift, he/she may exchange it for either virtual items or other games. To be part of the beta Steam users need to open the client and select the “Steam Trading Beta” option from the settings menu. Then, you can trade with anyone on your friends list who is also part of the program. Happy trading!