Have you seen several items for sale on Steam? Yeah, some users can put collectible items. which are obtained inside the game, for sale. When purchased by other players, the maneuver allows you to earn money on Steam. See how it works from the so-called Community Marketplace of skins, items, and gaming weapons.
What is the Community Market
The Community Market is where players can buy and sell items such as cards, surprise boxes, keys, weapons and other objects obtained in some games.
The money goes to the Steam Wallet and can be used to buy other games, DLCs (additional game content) and even give away friends.
However there are some restrictions to using the Community Marketplace:
- The account must have made a purchase for more than 7 days and less than a year;
- You must have Steam Guard activated for at least 15 days;
- Do not be a limited user account (need to have spent the equivalent of $5);
- You may not have reset your password or change your email in the last five days.
Each account can accumulate a maximum of $2,000 in the Steam Wallet (or the equivalent in the currency of the account) and each ad can have a maximum price of $1,800.
The money received from these sales can not be withdrawn or transferred to a user’s bank account, its use is restricted only on the Steam platform.
How to make money on Steam
Just check what contents the account has and which can be sold. A direct path is to go to the Community Market and open the selection of items for advertisement:
- Click Community, then Market;
- Click Announce an item;
- A new screen will show all the games and items you can market;
- Click on an item to see its minimum value in the Market;
- When you click on Announce, another screen will open requesting the amount you wish to place for sale.
The item will compete in the Community Marketplace with other players who have the same item for sale. Once your item is sold, your money will be credited to the Steam Wallet.
Unlike games, items purchased on the Community Marketplace can not be refunded, all transactions for this feature are final. So think carefully before buying or selling items there.
A Money Laundering Scheme
An analysis by the German security company Kromtech Security revealed a hacker-created money laundering scheme that involved credit card theft and the sale of “up” accounts in free-to-pay games such as Clash Royale.
Briefly, criminals bought, using stolen/cloned cards, items within those games to speed up an account progress and then sell the profile to players interested in that position. They charged a lower price than if the player had to buy all items to make progress on their own.
But what about Steam?
It is known that all the money that enters the Steam Wallet does not leave there. But does it need to go out to generate money in the real world? Steam itself profits from every transaction on the Community Market, even if it is a minimum fee on each item sold.
From theft of credentials and credit cards, criminals can make the purchase of these items and resell the bills for lower prices than they really are in real coins.
A well-known practice is alternative markets, which buy players’ items for real money to resell them to other users through the Community Marketplace. Briefly: the player sends the item to a Steam account of the alternative store, then receives the real money for the item; then the alternate store resells the item on your site and sends the item through Steam to the player.
In CS: GO, for example, some items may exceed $7,000 on Steam. The cat’s leap is in being able to sell these items to these alternative stores that resell them for cheaper prices, turning what would go to the Steam Wallet into real money. Considering legitimate users.
As much as Steam imposes some restrictions for use of the Community Marketplace, which mainly require time before anyone leaves using it, it is nothing that prevents this practice by malicious users on the platform.
This is not the fault of Steam or any other developer. It is a tendency to offer extra content within the game to extend his life and so continue to profit, several games are like that.
With information: Steam Support.