Digital platform also unveils new beta for game guide feature
Valve has launched the beta for a new feature called Steam Community Market, which will allow users to purchase and sell in-game items.
The market is currently limited to eligible in-game items from Valve’s popular FPS Team Fortress 2. Those wishing to purchase or sell such items will need to use the Steam Wallet for all transactions.
According to the Community Market FAQ, “All purchases are final” and players will not be able to get a refund of any kind. There is also a limit of $200 maximum that a buyer/seller can have in their Steam wallet as well as a limit of 200 sales per calendar year beginning January 1, 2013. This means that an item can be sold for, at most, $200. Both restrictions are subject to change at any point as Valve collects data during the beta.
Steam Guard is also required in order to participate in any such transactions – a requirement that was also recently added in order for users to exchange digital copies of Steam games. There is also a Steam Transaction Fee of 5 percent, that the buyer pays and is determined by the price of the item, in addition to a 10 percent Team Fortress 2 fee for every purchase.
Valve has also announced that a Games Guide section has been added to Steam’s ever-growing number of features. The Games Guide feature is only available for the Steam Community Beta. Users are able to add tips, hints and walkthroughs to a wiki for their favorite games, which others will then be able to peruse.
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