With the huge success of Valve’s new Trading Cards making a splash on Steam this past summer, the company is continuing to expand on the new in-store game by making trading cards with other players a more streamlined (and fun) experience with Trade Offers.
Announced today on the Steam website, Valve’s summary of the service allows players to send a message with an offer for various trading cards and items on the Steam platform. Valve released more details in an announcement on the Steam site:
“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.”
Valve also elaborated on the Trade Offers feature in that players will currently only be able to make offers with other friends, although the summary does mention that Valve “may expand this in the future.” In addition, players will be able to make more than one Trade Offer with the same items, although if an offer is accepted, the other offers with that same item that are still pending will expire. Trade Offers will also automatically expire after two weeks if not accepted, or can also be canceled at any time.
Trade Offers will be shipping out onto Steam and its various platforms today – start getting those cards ready to trade!