Valve makes changes to Steam Gifting

Valve makes changes to Steam Gifting

Valve makes changes to Steam Gifting

Valve has now made changes to Steam’s gifting process, removing the “gift to email” option and restricting international gifting. 
This will severely limit the operations of “Steam Gift Resellers” online, forcing gifts only to members of your friends list directly and restricting gifts internationally when there is a large price difference between the two nations on Steam. 
Steam has also promised that Scheduling gifts and declined gifts will now resolve in a more straightforward way, delivering gifts on time and automatically refunding the buyer/gift-giver. These not changes will not affect pre-existing gifts. 
Below is a list of Valve’s main changes; 
Scheduling Gifts Is Even More Straightforward

Go ahead and buy a gift months in advance and have it delivered to a friend on time, every time.

Declined Gifts Resolve The Way They Should

In the old system, a declined gift would sneak back into the giver’s inventory and remain on their bill. Now, if a recipient already has the title, or just doesn’t want it, they can click decline and the purchase is refunded directly to the gift giver. 

Safe Cross-Country Gifting

No more worrying if a Gift to E-mail or Gift to Inventory is going to work for a friend, gifts sent through the new system will always work on the receiver’s account. When there is a large difference in pricing between countries, gifting won’t be available and you’ll know before purchase.

These changes are now available. Please let us know if you see any issues or have any feedback.


Valve makes changes to Steam Gifting


While some of these changes are no doubt positive, restrictions to international trades will no doubt be aggravating for those who frequently send gifts to their friends globally.

It is clear that these changes are designed to clamp down in international Steam Gift resellers, though it is a real shame that legitimate international gift-giving is getting caught in the crossfire. 


You can join the discussion on Valve’s recent changes to Steam Gift giving on the OC3D Forums.