Jason Holtman, director of business development at Valve explains:
The addition of Steam Trading is the latest example of how Steam continues to evolve with new features and functions developed based upon feedback. We look forward to seeing how gamers and developers have fun and move this functionality forward.
As he suggests, developers are actively included in this new push – support for Steam Trading is now included in the Steamworks SDK for just about anyone to use. And why not? During the four-week beta, more than a million game gifts and items were traded between players. Sounds like someone’s onto a winner we never knew we wanted.
While the beta started simply enough with items from Team Fortress 2 as well as game gifts, things have expanded a bit for the full launch, with both Portal 2 and Spiral Knights joining in the fun, and other developers lining up to take part.