And this passed under our radar. In an attempt to reduce instances of charge-back scams, Valve recently made some changes to Steam’s gift trading rules, resulting in a number of complaints.
For what is worth, simple gifting remains the same as before. You can gift your games at any time.
Gift trading, on the other hand, has been slightly changed. As Valve noted, ‘all new games purchased as a gift and placed in the purchaser’s inventory will be untradable for 30 days.’
Valve explained those changes, claiming that they will, essentially, provide a better overall experience to traders.
“We’ve made this change to make trading gifts a better experience for those receiving the gifts. We’re hoping this lowers the number of people who trade for a game only to have the game revoked later due to issues with the purchaser’s payment method.”
In short, if you are trading gifts, you should be aware of those changes.
Kudos to our reader ‘Johnny Bravo’ for bringing this to our attention!