Valve promises an "event" as Steam Trading Cards leave beta

Steam Trading Cards open to all as Valve hints at what could be this year's Steam Summer Sale.

Valve's Steam Trading Cards will leave beta this Wednesday, the publisher has announced.

All Steam users will gain access to the trading cards on June 26 at 11am PDT. "Making trading cards available to all Steam users is a step towards an event we think everyone can be excited about," said Valve.

The event could possibly be this year's Steam Summer Sale, which has traditionally started at a similar time of the year. 2012's sale began on July 10, with 2011's kicking off on June 30.

Features such as trade offers and a card binder won't be available in the Steam Trading Cards system at launch, adds Valve, but will be incorporated at a later date.

Steam Trading Cards are dropped randomly when playing an applicable game, but only around half of the available cards will be given to any player through the system: the rest have to be traded with other players.

The beta for Steam Trading Cards launched in May 2013 with support mostly for Valve's own games, but the service has grown to currently include support for 33 titles: Borderlands 2, Sanctum 2, Don't Starve, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine, Left 4 Dead 2, Portal 2, Half-Life 2, Magicka, Strike Suit Infinity, Zack Zero, Bit.Trip Runner 2, Team Fortress 2, Brutal Legend, Cubemen 2, Anodyne, FTL, Super Meat Boy, Monster Loves You!, Trine 2, Go Home Dinosaurs!, Triple Town, Defender's Quest: Valley of the Forgotten, Serious Sam 3, Tower Wars, They Bleed Pixels, Jagged Alliance - Back in Action, A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda, Blocks That Matter, Really Big Sky, Faerie Solitaire, Dota 2, and 1… 2… 3… Kick it! (Drop That Beat Like an Ugly Baby).

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Slagar
Slagar

Not upgrading my PC until Half Life 3 is available. Will sit in cave until then.


P.S. For the love of ---, give us more Alien Swarm content, willya Gaben?

SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

It is said that in 2012 Valve made revisions to the Steam Subscriber Agreement to prohibit class action lawsuits by users, against the service provider.

Another one whose respect for consumers knows no bound. "If I stab all you in back please don't get together to sue me. Specially if the laws in your country says I'm doing something illegal"

Another one who doesn`t understand that any laws made by a government supersedes any "agreement" they push down the user's throats, that no one can forfeit his legal rights. If not then please sign here, push the button there so you can forfeit your freedom and become my slave.

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

"I'M NOT READY.  I NEED MORE TIME."

Said Valve and my bank account in unison.


ps. Using a picture of Gordon Freeman for a totally non-Gordon-Freeman article is not cool, Martin.  Not cool.

Gruntlock
Gruntlock

At this point, I don't even want HL3 anymore. It'll be a worse disapointment than Duke Nukem Forever.

faizanhd
faizanhd

Uranium-235 has a half-life of 703.8 million years. Half-Life 3 is taking 3 times longer than that to be ANNOUNCED. 

noandno
noandno

Half-Life 3 or Left 4 Dead 3 or Gabe Newell becomes thin!

Kaobasa
Kaobasa

Anyone who isn't ignorant knows that the big event is the Steam Summer Sale.  We can probably expect to see all the games that have Trading Card capability to be on sale.

It makes sense to bring the TC out of beta during a big steam sale.  It gets it to the masses to clear up any more bugs and it just generally makes it more popular...

weisguy119
weisguy119

At this point, the only thing I want to hear from Valve is the word "Half-Life" in connection with the number 3 and a release date. Anything else is useless blather to me.

Jerrymedic
Jerrymedic

I only care about one thing, Half-life 3 where is it?

edussz
edussz

Until I see any news on HL3, Source 2 or L4D3, fuck You Valve! Just fuck you!

vadagar1
vadagar1

stop teasing Half life 3 unless you planing on making it

gnialtec
gnialtec

Valve must be willing to beat the Duke Nuken Forever mark. 12 years, isn't it? 

Blaastoid
Blaastoid

I'll believe another Half-Life 2 Episode 3 rumor when I fucking see a physical copy of the game.

Kooken58
Kooken58

Does This mean half life 3 is announced?!

I see a half-life image and get all excited...one day, they will announce it....

Trender_man
Trender_man

Its called half life because gabe ate the other half

Kalbent
Kalbent

if the announcement doesn't deal with halflife, I don't care. Gabe Newell sux

bkohary
bkohary

Is the game called Half Life because it takes that long to release a sequel?

squall_83
squall_83

Oh no... I almost forgot about the Steam summer sale. I think I can hear screams coming from my back pocket.

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

I've been hurt to many times buy you, Valve. 

lingo56
lingo56

@nonfanboygamer1 Humm maybe because they're doing tons of stuff with Dota 2 and because you don't play dota 2 or haven't yet you just haven't noticed.

SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

@samano135790 

Bad news: all of HL2's team died of old age and Valve has to start from scratch.  At least they gave a date for HL3: a few weeks before doomsday! whatever that means... Go Gordon, Go!!!

lingo56
lingo56

@samano135790 After all this time I doubt they would troll us and just send out another episodic sequal. No this time they're bringing out the big guns with a new engine and updated everything.

lingo56
lingo56

@edussz Swearing at Gabe just makes him press the delay button more and more.

lingo56
lingo56

@vadagar1 They're not teasing it. It'll most likely be Dota 2's release.

WereCatf
WereCatf

@gnialtec That would only happen if Half-Life 3 had been in development all this time. Just sitting in hiatus is not the same thing.

lingo56
lingo56

@Blaastoid Or Gabe is on a stage with a tech demo of source 2 while they're playing with Gordan Freeman and your on the borialis and says Half-life 3 at the end of the demo.

Iffy350
Iffy350

@lingo56 @nonfanboygamer1 Dota 2 might not be for everyone. Most people know valve for their great shooters or for steam and not for their fantasy rpgs.

YoungCardinal
YoungCardinal

@WereCatf @gnialtec HL3 has been in development since Episode 2 (was suppose to be Episode 3).

Constant redevelopments and now they've appeared to scrap the episodic gaming all together for a new full sequel. DNF went through a very similar process. It was scrapped and redone multiple times until 3D Realms became broke, so it kinda is the same thing.

WereCatf
WereCatf

@Madgnad @Kaobasa @Trender_man What did you expect, really? This is the Gamespot comments section, that's exactly what one should expect. The average IQ of the commenters on any story that I haven't taken a part in is lower than the IQ of the pet rock on my shelf.