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Steam Cards Leave Beta - Summer Sale Hint?

A Steam community post announces that the Steam Trading Cards program will be leaving beta on Wednesday June 26th at 1:00 pm EDT. PCGamesN notes this includes a hint that Valve's annual summer sale may be nearing, as they cap the news with: "Making trading cards available to all Steam users is a step towards an event we think everyone can be excited about..." Thanks VG247.

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20. Re: Steam Cards Leave Beta - Summer Sale Hint? Jun 24, 2013, 20:53 jacobvandy
 
jimnms wrote on Jun 24, 2013, 20:33:
Mr. Tact wrote on Jun 24, 2013, 14:07:
Alright -- someone give me the short version explanation of what these "Steam Trading Cards" are. I have not been paying attention.
It's a cheap cash grab for Valve. You can only earn half of the cards by playing the game. The rest you have to get by trading or buying them from the market (which Valve gets a cut).

I don't understand how it's supposed to work. If you can only unlock half the cards for a game, then how do you get the other half by actually trading them? If another person trades the half they have, then they can't unlock the badge. They did add booster packs, but it's a small chance to drop that goes up the higher your "level."

Once you collect all the cards and craft the badge, are the cards consumed or can you still trade them? I haven't collected a full set of cards to craft a badge, so I don't know. It would make since if you keep the cards after crafting the badge, otherwise it seems that only half of a game's owners can get the full set.

Oh and I still have two beta invites if anyone wants them.

Cards are consumed, just like crafting materials are consumed in games. I believe you can keep collecting them and level up your badge for additional XP, at least for the games where cards are effectively infinite (TF2, Dota 2). The thing about only earning half the cards (or possibly not even, I've gotten several doubles), is that it forces you to trade (directly for free or indirectly via the market). There are plenty of people who don't care about the badges or leveling up their Steam profile, to supply cards for everyone else. And then of course the boosters, which I think would just be applied more liberally in the case that activity dies down for whatever reason. But a lot of people just trade cards for some games in order to get the badges for others. If you do your research, you can actually make a profit while still getting badges, because some cards are worth more.
 
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  1. Jun 24, 10:23 Re: Steam Cards Leave Beta - Summer Sale Hint? Rhino
  2. Jun 24, 10:31  Re: Steam Cards Leave Beta - Summer Sale Hint? SpectralMeat
  3. Jun 24, 11:37 Re: Steam Cards Leave Beta - Summer Sale Hint? xXBatmanXx
  4. Jun 24, 11:45  Re: Steam Cards Leave Beta - Summer Sale Hint? nin
  5. Jun 24, 12:19   Re: Steam Cards Leave Beta - Summer Sale Hint? xXBatmanXx
  9. Jun 24, 12:55    Re: Steam Cards Leave Beta - Summer Sale Hint? nin
  8. Jun 24, 12:39   Re: Steam Cards Leave Beta - Summer Sale Hint? Frijoles
  7. Jun 24, 12:38  Re: Steam Cards Leave Beta - Summer Sale Hint? ASeven
  6. Jun 24, 12:23 Re: Steam Cards Leave Beta - Summer Sale Hint? jacobvandy
  10. Jun 24, 13:29 Re: Steam Cards Leave Beta - Summer Sale Hint? jacobvandy
  11. Jun 24, 13:39 Re: Steam Cards Leave Beta - Summer Sale Hint? Cutter
  13. Jun 24, 14:05  Re: Steam Cards Leave Beta - Summer Sale Hint? nin
  12. Jun 24, 14:03 Re: Steam Cards Leave Beta - Summer Sale Hint? jacobvandy
  14. Jun 24, 14:07 Re: Steam Cards Leave Beta - Summer Sale Hint? Mr. Tact
  15. Jun 24, 14:17  Re: Steam Cards Leave Beta - Summer Sale Hint? nin
  17. Jun 24, 17:40   Re: Steam Cards Leave Beta - Summer Sale Hint? ViRGE
  18. Jun 24, 19:49   Re: Steam Cards Leave Beta - Summer Sale Hint? Panickd
  19. Jun 24, 20:33  Re: Steam Cards Leave Beta - Summer Sale Hint? jimnms
>> 20. Jun 24, 20:53   Re: Steam Cards Leave Beta - Summer Sale Hint? jacobvandy
  16. Jun 24, 14:28 Re: Steam Cards Leave Beta - Summer Sale Hint? Pigeon


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