Still not sure how this would work... or how steam would make money off it... I guess it depends on what their initial margin is on the sale of how much they are willing to "give back"...


Valve could be gearing up to offer Steam users the ability to trade in licenses, according to industry analyst Michael Pachter.

In a NowGamer interview, Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter discussed ways the games industry could tackle the impact of preowned sales, including digital alternatives such as Steam.

"Steam is phenomenal, it’s a great service," Pachter explained, "Steam gives gamers enough other stuff so that they don’t resent the fact they can’t trade in their games. And you know, name all the Steam games that you’ve purchased that you’ve traded back in to somebody else for credit. Steam’s about to let you do that supposedly, you know like trade and exchange, but they’re going to take a fee from it."

“Steam is phenomenal, it's a great service.”

NowGamer attempted to contact Valve for comment, but has so far received no response on the subject.

Should Valve offer Steam users the ability to trade-in licenses for credit, it could mark the beginning of an attractive USP for the service, although we're not entirely sure how such a service would work.