SpiteAndMalice wrote:What are the conditions for trading? Must you have not played the game at all?
(I've got a couple that I tried for less than 10 minutes and/or only played offline)
Since there seems to be a lot of confusion about this, I'd like to clarify the steam inventory and trading system.
You can not
trade or gift a game from your steam library. Whether you installed it or played it doesn't even matter, in your library means it's tied to your account and can't be traded or gifted away.
The games I'm gifting are in my steam inventory. There are several ways you can get a game in your inventory :
- buy a game and choose "buy as a gift". Some games give discounts when you buy a 4-pack, so the extra copies end up in your inventory.
- some game promotions (especially pre-orders or early access) may include a copy of an older game from the same developer. If you already had that game in your library, you get a gift copy instead. Example was a free copy of Portal for everyone pre-ordering Portal 2. Obviously those people all had Portal already and ended up with gift copies.
- receive a gift from someone.
- steam trading (between both inventories)
Also good to know that the steam inventory isn't limited to gift copies of games, it may also contain coupons, trading cards and even in-game items (guns, hats, energy, whatever) from some of the games. All this can be traded, unless it specifically mentions otherwise ("tradeable" or "not tradeable"). Similarly each item also mentions whether you can sell it on the steam market ("marketable" or "not marketable"), which is mostly for in-game stuff.
In your case, Spite, if you have a game that you haven't really played much, you may refer to the Steam refund policy. Refunds used to be almost non-existent on Steam, but some time ago this has completely changed. I believe you can ask for a refund of any game in your library that you have played less than 2 hours, no questions asked. Obviously only if you bought it after the new policy came into effect.