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Steam finally has digital gift cards

steam digital gift cards

What do you get for the gamer who has everything? Cash, obviously. But if you want to ensure that cash is spent on something game related rather than, I don’t know, alcohol or something, you’ll be glad to know that Steam digital gift cards are finally here. Just in time for your holiday gift-giving.

With your new influx of Steam funds, maybe you’ll want to check out the best games on PC.

Digital gifts are available in preset increments up to $100, and whatever value you send gets applied directly to their Steam wallet for use in whatever way they please, whether that be games, DLC, microtransactions, hardware, or items from the community marketplace. Gifts will automatically be converted into local currencies, and if your friends hate you they can also elect to refuse the gift, in which case you’ll see a refund for the purchase.

The only significant restriction on gifting is that anyone you want to send money will need to be on your friends list for at least three days. You also won’t be able to use existing wallet funds for gift-giving. And, of course, none of this replaces traditional gift purchases of specific games if you actually know what your friends might like.

All this is welcome news, and the only thing surprising about it is that it’s taken this long for proper gift cards to be integrated into Steam directly. Physical gift cards have been available for ages, but it’s nice to no longer have to head outside the client for your shopping.