People are taking advantage of Steam’s trading card system by creating fake games, collecting cards from those games with bot accounts, and selling them to collectors for profit. Valve is not having it anymore.
Valve announced Tuesday that new games put on the Steam store won’t dole out trading cards to players until Valve is confident that the game is being bought and played by legitimate users. Once a game reaches a “confidence metric” based on an unspecified “variety of data,” developers will be able to hand out trading cards to players.
The trading card system — introduced back in 2013 — allows developers to create trading cards to reward players with just for spending time in the game (or if the games are free to play, rewarding players for spending money within the game). Some players collect these cards or buy them on the Steam community marketplace to round out their sets. Some players sell their cards to profit off of the marketplace, and some players ignore the whole thing completely. Read more…
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