Expanding on the horrendously popular Trading Card mini-game that Steam introduced in time for this year’s Summer Sale, the platform has now announced the ability the send a pre-packaged trade to a friend and are calling it “Trade Offers”.
Below is the announcement in full:
“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. You can create an offer from a few places: from the Trade Offers page in your Inventory, from a friend’s Inventory, and from any of your badge pages you can send a friend a trade offer based on the trading cards you still need collect. Here are a couple of frequently asked questions:
Who can I send an offer to?
Currently you can send trade offers to your friends, though we may expand this in the future. Note that trade offers respect Inventory privacy settings, so if your friend has their inventory set to “Private” you cannot send them a trade offer.
Can I send more than one offer with the same items?
Yes, you can send more than one offer containing the same items. When an offer is accepted any other pending offers with the same items will expire.
How long is a trade offer good for?
Trade offers automatically expire after 2 weeks. You can see the offer expiration date at the bottom of a pending offer. You can cancel any pending offers from the Trade Offers page.
Visit your Trade Offers page to try it out now or read more Frequently Asked Questions.”
Frankly, this is an awesome idea that makes the system a lot more useful, especially for those of us who like to dip in and out of this particular feature. It’ll be interesting to see how this develops.