July 30, 2013
Steam: Putting Money In YOUR pocket!
It’s NOT a gimmick. Steam’s new trading card feature has changed the way I view PC gaming, and it’s done it by turning the social features of Steam, including friend requests and online capability, completely in on themselves. For years now Xbox Live and PSN have struggled to keep up with the benefits that Steam offers to its players. Even with Green Man Gaming and Origin still clocking just a few years in age against Steam, they couldn’t possibly amount to the freedom and interactivity that Steam is now offering. How, you might be asking?
Allow me to explain.
Steam’s new trading card feature is Valve’s way of bringing gamers together in new and bubbly ways by awarding trading cards for, you guessed it, playing games. That’s it! Play enough games to earn certain trading cards and decide for yourself if you want to either sell the card, or turn the card into a badge as a part of a collection that you must get to get a ten-card badge.
Ten card badges give players exclusive awards and unlockable content to decorate your Steam account. Not only this, but the software now records your activity and rewards you with XP for trades, selling cards (Which I’ll explain in a bit), and finally crafting badges. On the chance that you don’t like trading your cards, you can opt to simply put the card up on the market for sale.
Yes, Steam now has an economic market that PC players can take advantage of to sell their rewarded cards for a set sum. Now selling these cards isn’t simply a point-and-click process. On the other hand, yes, it actually is. But what you must understand about this new feature is that it’s long, yet not very tedious at all. All you would need to do is finish your game, check what cards you got, and put them up on the market. If you’re not sure how much your card is worth, then you should take a look at the market statistics to see how much your card usually goes for.
Finally, buying and selling cards doesn’t even require you to be there for the transaction to take place. If you’ve put your card up for about one dollar, you’ll eventually get one dollar rewarded to your steam wallet. This currency is awarded in a flash and doesn’t have any kinks or setbacks for those of you still worrying that the trading cards are still a useless venture.
A lot of the time you’ll hear about gamers that have sold their cards for 20, 30, and sometimes even 100 bucks! This is because in the beginning days of this new feature, gamers didn’t pay much attention to their cards values. When the market finally stabilized itself out, what I saw next shocked me.
Steam was actually rewarding players by putting money in their pocket-simply for playing games! Keep in mind that this market is still in its young days, so I’m not sure if the prices for these cards will remain at their current price (Which is still considerably low). What I can be sure of is that the cards will remain here for quite a while if recent Steam statistics are anything to go by.
To put it in perspective, gamers are the ones putting money in your pocket-not Steam. But without Steam’s innovation of trading cards, gamers wouldn’t have the inspiration or know-how to truly benefit from the process.
So by all means, go out and get more games on Steam! Play! Get your cards and get money!
Disclaimer: Don’t be a simpleton. It takes time and patience for the process to truly pay off, but if you allow yourself some discipline you’ll see what I mean! The more you commit to selling cards, the more often you’ll get paid for your trades. This adds money only usable on Steam; so don’t expect to take your money to Origin for Sim City or Green Man Gaming for Indie titles.
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