One of the best things about games is how they can bring people together. In this age of digital distribution, it's easier than ever to give games to friends and family all over the world. Steam, Valve’s PC game distribution platform, has a stranglehold about how PC games are bought and sold: it's almost certainly the easiest way to give someone the game of your choice. Here is a short guide to playing gifts on Steam.
Before we begin, it is worth pointing out that Valve recently changed its Steam Gift Policy. It is no longer possible to hold extra codes to distribute at your leisure, nor can you give games to people who do not have a Steam account. All the remaining codes that you can still kick out of the previous system are still there and we'll show you how to donate them at the end, but in the future, all gifts will require the following procedure. Cryptocurrency fans will also have to get back on the grid for the time being, because Valve has stopped accepting Bitcoin as payment due to the volatility of the upstart currency.
If you are unsure of a specific gift-giving game, you can purchase a Steam Wallet code instead. That way the recipient can decide. We discuss that process at the end of this manual.
How to give a new game on Steam as a gift
In the past it was possible to send a game to anyone with an email address, and the message would contain instructions on setting up a Steam account and the download their new purchase. Now you can only give new games as a gift to people who already have Steam accounts and are on your friends list.
. Make sure your friend has a Steam account
If you want to buy someone a game that doesn't have a Steam account, they must set up a new account and download the Steam client.
Once these are set up, go to the Friends drop-down menu, select Add a friend search for their username and invite them to become your friend. After they have accepted your request, you can send them a game.
2. Search for the game you want to buy and add it to your shopping cart
Search for the game you want to give in the Steam store, directly in the client or via the web portal, and select Add to cart . If you already have the game in question for your own account, a note appears just above the purchase option with the text & # 39; Buy this game as a gift for a friend & # 39 ;.
3. Select Buy as a gift
If you already own the game, Buy for myself will be faded and will not respond because you can no longer own multiple copies of the same game.
4. Choose your recipient
Select the recipient in your friends list. You can choose to schedule delivery at a later time and date if you want to set it to arrive with a delay and be a surprise for a specific occasion.
5. Enter the custom message
Personalize your gift by entering your friend's name and writing a message. This can be anything from a simple happy birthday or a happy holiday to a genuine letter or a funny message.
6. Complete the purchase
After you have personalized your gift with a note, press Continue and you will go to the normal purchase screen where you can proceed as you would to a game for to buy yourself. Then it is up to your friend to accept the gift. After they have added it to their library, you will receive a notification.
How to Give a Duplicate Gift on Steam
Valve recently changed Steam's Steam Policy to crack down on key resellers and people who work around regional price differences, so you can no longer purchase game codes indefinitely and to hold. However, any remaining codes that you still have are still close by and can still be issued as before.
1. On the Games tab in the Steam client, select Manage gifts and guest cards
This option is only available when you use the Steam client software, so make sure you download it before searching for it.
2. Select the duplicate game that you want to give as a gift
If you have duplicate games that you can give as a gift, they will be displayed in the grid. Select the game, then navigate to the right and click the button with the text Send gift …
On the next page you can give the game as a gift with the e-mail address of the recipient or send to them directly via Steam, but they must be in your friends list.
Once you have entered the receiver using one of the two methods, press Next and continue from step 5.
Enter a Steam Wallet code  Alternatively, you can Buy Steam Wallet code as a gift. To do this, you must be friends with the recipient on Steam for at least three days. Gift vouchers can be purchased in denominations of $ 5, $ 10, $ 25, $ 50 and $ 100. Simply choose the value of your gift, choose a recipient from your friends list and complete your purchase. The code is automatically sent to your friend.