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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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49. Re: Steam Trade Offers Launch Sep 6, 2013, 14:28 Creston
 
ViRGE wrote on Sep 5, 2013, 18:55:
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.

Fair enough. Every time you activate a game on a different system, it needs to talk to the server anyway (because it needs to know that you're the rightful owner of said game). The server keeps track on which systems it's installed.

When you try to trade in / sell the game, the server sends uninstall commands to all machines, and does not give you the money until all machines have reported a succesful uninstall command back. (or report that the game was already uninstalled previously.)

 
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