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Ahead Of Holiday Sales, Valve Comes Up With Steam Gift Cards

Valve’s digital game store Steam has finally come up with gift cards going into the holiday season. These Steam digital gift cards will be in addition to those offered by retailers such as GameStop and Best Buy. With the gift cards, players can send funds to each other in their Steam Wallets.

Steam Gift cards
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Steam gift cards – every gamer would love to receive

Users can make purchases using a host of payment services such as credit/debit cards, PayPal, and even Bitcoin. As reported by GamesBeat, the feature as of now is available only on the Steam website, but is expected to be available soon on the desktop. Steam gift cards can be used to purchase anything including games, micro-transaction items, things from the community market and hardware.

Valve noted that the latest Steam gift cards would not replace the existing gift system. Rather, the latest system will come in handy when the person giving the gift has no idea what the other person wants. It must be noted that the digital gift cards come with preset amounts, and purchase will be converted into the sender’s currency.

For sending the gift card, both receiver and sender should be members of Steam, and the receiver should be in the sender’s friend list for at least three days. In case the receiver declines the gift, which is highly unlikely, the money will be refunded to the original payment system. If that’s not possible, it will go to the sender’s Steam Wallet.

With Steam’s Halloween, Autumn and Winter sales approaching, the gift cards would make it easier for many to decide on what to gift their friends this holiday season.

Get ready for Steam Sale

A few days back, the release date of three upcoming Steam Sales was leaked online, and developers have confirmed them. The Steam Halloween Sale starts on Oct. 26 and lasts until Nov. 1; the Steam Autumn Sale starts  Nov. 22 and runs through Nov. 28. After the two sales, the Winter Sale will start Dec. 21 and lasts until January 2018. The Halloween Sale this time will run double the duration compared to the previous sales.

With little time left for the sale to start, gamers should plan wisely to make sure they do not miss something important. For now, there is no word over the titles that will be put on sale. According to Comicbook, a few games that would be available are Nier: Automata, Observer, ECHO, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

In a separate development, Injustice 2 would be coming to Steam later this fall. The Warner Bros. Interactive confirmed that the port is being developed by the Polish Studio QLOC, who also ported another NetherRealm fighting game, Mortal Kombat XL, to the PC. After releasing the game on the PC, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon is considering to port Injustice 2 on Nintendo Switch as well.

Injustice 2 is running successfully on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. In their review of the game, Gamespot gave 9/10 to the title, and said “NetherRealm has delivered a fighting game that can be enjoyed by new players and pros alike in ways that go beyond pure competition.”