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Steam Trade Offers Launch

Steam News offers details on a new Steam Trading feature called Trade Offers, which will allow players to package inventory items to offer trades to Steam friends, allowing for asynchronous trading even when one party is offline. They have a FAQ with all the details, and here's the outline:

Today we’re shipping a new feature we’re calling Trade Offers that allows you to send a prepackaged trade to a friend. It’s similar to regular trading, except you propose the items for both sides. You select the items you’re willing to give up from your inventory and what you’d like to receive from your friend, and send it off. Your friend will receive a notification in the green drop down and can then choose to accept, decline, or make a counter offer. Unlike regular Steam Trading, you don't need to both be online at the same time. Plus, trade offers can be sent and received using a web browser.

You can create an offer from a few places: from the Trade Offers page in your Inventory, from a friend’s Inventory, and from any of your badge pages you can send a friend a trade offer based on the trading cards you still need collect.

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44. Re: Steam Trade Offers Launch Sep 5, 2013, 18:55 ViRGE
Creston wrote on Sep 5, 2013, 13:12:
ViRGE wrote on Sep 5, 2013, 12:52:
Unfortunately the 24 hour check-in is what makes the whole thing work. You can't have digital resales without a reliable and timely revocation method, otherwise everyone "sells" their game and keeps on playing. So for Steam to offer something like that, offline mode would have to go from months to days.

It's like love and marriage. You can't have one without the other.

Not necessarily. Obviously you need to be online to be able to sell your game, so the moment you sell your game, the sales server sends a command to the 180 to "Uninstall Game X."

The 180 then sends back a command after game X has been uninstalled, and the server proceeds with your payment.

This "having to check in every 24 hours" was just stupidly unneccesary. MS wanted the console to be always online solely so they could serve more ads to it, and make more ad money.
That works very well if you limit digital games to a single system. However with Steam you can of course have your Steam library installed across multiple systems, so long as only one is actually running Steam at the time. So if Steam did offer game resales, only one Steam library would be deactivated. The other libraries would continue to be able to play it in offline mode for some time to come.
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