“Hey, aren’t you going to join us in Call of Duty: WWII?” “Well, I would, but I just can’t afford it right now.”
This has happened to some of us, right? We want to partake in a game, but can’t because of costs, and friends aren’t able to help us out of the situation outside of coming over and buying it for us.
Fortunately, there’s a new solution that will be able to help them along, as Steam has begun offering a new program where digital gift cards can be purchased and given to people on your friends’ list.
With the program, which is available on Steam’s storefront right now, will allow friends to purchase these gift cards and send them to their friends. They’re available in different amounts, ranging anywhere from $5 to $100, depending on how generous you feel with your gift giving. Once the purchase is made and sent, they’ll be able to deposit the card into their account and buy whatever they see fit.
There are some restrictions, though, which Valve quickly made note of. The first is that the gift cards cannot be sent to strangers, only people on your Friends list. And they can’t necessarily be “new” Friends – they had to be a friend on your list for at least three days’ time. But that’s hardly a problem with Steam users, as most of them have already made friends for a great deal of time.
Also, these gift cards can be used internationally, so if you feel like buying one for your friend in Chile, you can. The thing is that the amount will be converted over to their local funds, so they can use it on their storefront. So keep that in mind when you’re determining an amount.
In the past, users have been able to purchase specific titles on the store for friends, but this makes it much easier for them to hunt down and purchase certain games that they want. Plus, considering that Christmas is coming up, this is the best way to knock a few folks off the gift list without having to worry about fighting through traffic at the local mall. We hate that.