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Old 11-29-2011, 01:21 AM   #1
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Activate CD-Key as Steam-tradeable Gift (Updated)

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VALVe looking into implementing tradable CD Keys and real life currency

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Currently if we purchase retail games we can only activate it to our game library. By giving us the option to activate it as a Steam gift, it will be much easier and safer for all Steam traders this way.


We won't have to risk invalid/in-use keys when we trade, since it's already activated as a gift.

We don't have to worry about whether the key code has been obtained illegitimately through leaks/etc and avoid account suspensions. (Though it is up to STEAM to add a "verify key" feature to see if it is blacklisted.)

This feature will benefit every trader, as it makes it harder for users to fall prey to scams.

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There would need to be a limit of some kind, to prevent people from just trying combinations of random characters in order to get a working key.

I say it would need the same sort of system that the "Activate a product on Steam" feature has, where if you try activating too many false games, your account gets disabled or whatever.
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Steam would have to make sure that the key was listed as "owned by <USER>" so that the owner of the physical key couldn't take a photo of it and go through Steam Support to steal the recipient's account.

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I think the problem here is someone buys a retail version of a game and trades it. What cut do valve get from this, valve will get nothing. As it stands now at least valve makes a little bit of money from sales of games traded.
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Wish I had this option. I have a Dota 2 key that I want to trade away, but I can't legally gift it over. Of course no one will trust each other to comply, despite my stellar reputation. Oh well.
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I am 100% down with this. I have a boxed retail Steamworks key that is going to waste as I already own a copy. Having the option to "Activate as Gift..." would be awesome.
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I get in on every Indie Bundle I find (Humble, Royale, Gala, even the Music ones), so I end up with a lot of keys that I can't use. As it stands, I'm having to keep a document to list down what I have and haven't activated, but even then, I'm risking handing over a used key, betraying the tenuous trust of Internet bargaining.

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Old 11-29-2011, 07:35 AM   #2
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Old 11-29-2011, 08:05 AM   #3
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There would need to be a limit of some kind, to prevent people from just trying combinations of random characters in order to get a working key.

I say it would need the same sort of system that the "Activate a product on Steam" feature has, where if you try activating too many false games, your account gets disabled or whatever.
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Old 11-29-2011, 01:03 PM   #4
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I just came here to post this.

YES YES YES! Makes NO sense it's not here yet, since we can now purchase games we already own to leave it in our account.
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Old 11-29-2011, 06:39 PM   #5
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Needs to be a big thread for this. so theres not so many like there are
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:35 PM   #6
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:53 PM   #7
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Old 11-29-2011, 10:16 PM   #8
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Op is genius
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Old 12-07-2011, 11:53 AM   #11
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/Signed, but I'd hope that Valve won't allow the indie bundles to be added that way as you can gift them from the sites you buy them off.
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Old 12-07-2011, 12:13 PM   #12
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I own a couple computers, each with at least a video card... So I've gotten keys for games like Dirt3, which I've never even played and never intended to.

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Old 12-07-2011, 01:11 PM   #13
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Old 12-14-2011, 01:26 AM   #14
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Is this now possible? Activate cdkey as gift, so It can be tradeable?
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Old 12-14-2011, 06:01 AM   #15
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