Valve confirms Steam Trading Cards

New service to offer gamers rewards like DLC, coupons, and emoticons for playing titles through Steam.

First revealed in a Steam database entry, Valve today confirmed Steam Trading Cards, a new service that offers rewards to gamers who play on Steam.

Launched today in beta, Steam Trading Cards gives participants game-specific trading cards that can be collected to earn rewards like badges, profile backgrounds, and coupons.

Participating games in the Steam Trading Cards beta include Don't Starve, Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Team Fortress 2 Portal 2, and Half-Life 2. Valve said the service will expand over the coming months to include "many more" titles.

Up to half of a given card set is dropped through game play, while the other half must be earned through collection. Once gamers have collected a set of cards, they can craft them into a badge. These badges are tied to an account and are shown off in a player's profile.

When a player is crafting a badge, they will receive random rewards for game-related items. These rewards are tradable and include downloadable content or game coupons, emoticons, and profile backgrounds.

Gamers can also level up their badges by collecting the set again and earning additional items. All badges now have XP, which in turn contributes to a player's Steam level. When a player levels up, they can receive non-tradable items like profile showcases and extra friends list slots.

Right now, Steam Trading Cards drops are tied to playtime within a game, independent of achievements players may receive. Valve said it is "definitely" looking into adding more rules concerning how cards are drops.

"Many games have achievements that are grindy or un-fun to get, and we want the act of getting game cards to be fun for all users in games," Valve said. "We also don't want to push users to cheat or use achievement-unlockers in games in order to get cards, since that devalues achievements and isn't that fun either."

More information, including a FAQ, is available at the Steam Trading Cards website.

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112 comments
snakebite6x6x6
snakebite6x6x6

I would love the option to not participate in any of this.

I have steam for games, nothing more. I don't care about having a profile, I don't care about levels, I don't care about badges, and I especially don't care about trading cards.

For those that like that kind of stuff, good for you. But for those of us who don't, we should have an option to not participate.

Even if I could just delete the damn things (cards) out of my inventory, or turn off the stupid leveling system...meh...it has me looking at other platforms for my gaming fix.

Iffy350
Iffy350

The stuff I hate about team fortress 2 now being integrated into the steam ui. Great crafting... unenthusiastic woooo.

grbolivar
grbolivar

I love Steam and I am so excited about this, it was about time Steam added user levels and more importance to achievements, and collecting cards seems like a nice addition along achievements.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Portal 2 and Half-Life 2, 2 games with a 2 in title that I'm interested in. I don't know if I can gain anything from this, though. I'm not interested in earning badges by doing different errands, I just want to get some good games at good prices and have a good time playing them. Really simple.

killman961
killman961

HAAAAAATS!!!!! They should really add hats to CS:GO :D makes games fun! And Weapon skins and costumes! 

cgobeil
cgobeil

I like it, someone was cool enough to send me an invitation.  Now I'm trying to find all cards...

Zepthire95
Zepthire95

For the people complaing, you don't have to bother with it. Personally I think it sounds cool and like a good reason to get some extra play time on games I finished a while back.

tkdmmc
tkdmmc

I can't seem to grasp why lots of people don't like this. I personally think this sounds kind of cool. I think this comes from my prospective of a person with little money to spend on wants. I barely ever buy video games. I normally only buy them after Christmas or my birthday when I get money, so making a way in which I can save while playing sounds brilliant. This is on top of the steam sales that they have.

xwestsdeaznx
xwestsdeaznx

gabe too busy making trading cards instead of working on hl3

BloodMist
BloodMist

Like there's really anything worth complaining about here....then again it's not like any moronic complainer actually follows through with showing just how much they supposedly hate any business practice ever conceived and actually stops their endless consumption of product, now do they?

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

So they call some achievements "grindy" and their answer is......add a seperate thing to grind for while you grind?

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

This is technically a good thing.

So why is it annoying me?

gamingfrendly
gamingfrendly

this is somewhat worrying now they can take standard features and lock them with stupid cards and badges there was a mention of "granting friends slots"the fuck? will they limit how many friends i can have now?

moleyUK
moleyUK

"Badges!?  We don't need no steenkin' badges!"

cinerius
cinerius

Pro: getting some free stuff

Con: potentially wasting a lot of time and risking to ruin the joy of gaming (like hell I'm going to collect all your stupid feathers, AC2!)

Lhomity
Lhomity

Oh boy, achievements dressed up as trading cards. Somebody please wake me up, I think my excitement became too overwhelming and I passed out. ZZZZzzzzzz

julzeverne
julzeverne

Maybe they gave up on HL3, and are just throwing crap out to distract us???

Mozuckint
Mozuckint

So...a more indepth and slightly convoluted version of Uplay's achievements?

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

Please for the love of god, just release some new games. It's been years.

MateykoSlam
MateykoSlam

i hate trading cards but Gabe Newell is GOD 

isv666
isv666

I can understand why some people may be a bit frustrated at this and would prefer that resources went towards other improvements, but I think it's pretty cool.  It would be kind of lame if it were only for little badges or something, but you're able to get DLC and coupons.  And you can trade them!  How can you complain about potential free or discounted stuff?

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

I like Steam, but this is way too juvenile for my taste.  Guess it's easily ignored.

PatchMaster
PatchMaster

I think the term "nerdgasm" works well here.

JFERNANDEZ84
JFERNANDEZ84

Ah, bollocks... I wanna resell my games that I bought and hated... c'mon, Valve... wake the f* up.

fanirama
fanirama

All this is okay but we should really be able to resell our digital content. This is inexcusable that digital content cannot be resold.

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

Sounds interesting... but will we be able to give copies of these "trading" cards to our friends or to one of my other Steam accounts? (of which I have 3) Also, I hope this will allow me to unlock new guns and/or character skins in CS:GO.

starduke
starduke

So, somebody at Valve said, "hey, guys, let's make trading cards for Steam!"

Sefrix
Sefrix moderator

Yay free stuff! 

Lhomity
Lhomity

@gamingfrendly There is already a limit of friend slots. If I'm not mistaken its 250 or 300. Something like that.

Lhomity
Lhomity

@cinerius I'm at 97/100 feathers. I've been meaning to go back and find them, but I keep putting it off. Maybe in another 2 years. =(

Halloll
Halloll

@XboxGuy1537 if you want more games from valve then let your wallet do the talking, they wont release new games so long as they're making money through hats.

Hicks233
Hicks233

@JFERNANDEZ84 They've got you over a barrel and they know it. Now they're just peddling fluff because they can and enough people will lap it up.

Sefrix
Sefrix moderator

@julzeverne Free DLC and coupons do not sound useless to me.

Coheedrocks27
Coheedrocks27

@toshineon @ziproy @JFERNANDEZ84  No its not illegal but you are not BUYING the games on steam. You are buying the right to play them. Thats how they can have all of their awesome sales. It would be ridiculous to be able to "re-sell" the games on their

killman961
killman961

@Sefrix @julzeverne yea. would love to get a free dlc other than buying it for $15 because i know that thats overpriced for digital items