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There are two options to give away games: key and gift. However, I can't get keys since Steam doesn't offer me to do so.
So, here is my question: Could I select gift, then after the winner has been announced, I would friend them on Steam and send them the gift?
Sorry if this is a dumb question.
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Thank you! I was worried that I could only rely on stray keys.
No problem :D
Just be careful with the region restrictions on gifting games via Steam.
Alright, I will be sure to watch out for restrictions!
Also remember that you can't buy the game on Steam until you're friends with the winner - and the sale might be over by then.
I will keep that in mind then.
Note. You have to be friends with someone for 3 days before you can send them a gift. A winner should not care about this as its only 3 days and not anything to do with you. I think you can buy for a friend right away and then just hang onto it for the wait period but I'm not sure.
I think the 3-days restriction only applies to wallet gifts; you can send a game to someone as soon as they accept your friend request.
That's exactly what gift means so yes. You can buy keys from legit resellers like Humble or Fanatic etc
While Steam does not sell keys there are countless sites that do. Have a look on ITAD or GGDeals for stores.
Buying and gifting on Steam is fraught with issues. There are no region restrictions, per se, on Steam, but you cannot gift to someone where the game cost in their region is more that 10% what you pay for it. In addition, if you repeatedly add random people and gift to them, Steam will flag you as a trader and prevent you from gifting any more. Also, if you are hoping to benefit from a Steam sale, you have to keep in mind that the winner has up to 7 days to respond, so there is a chance the sale ends before you can gift the game, in which case you would be paying full price.
Which is why most people giveaway keys.
Alright, I will be careful then.
Not dumb at all. It's a valid question and you should just watch out for the timing it might take to gift the winner of the giveaway + region restriction due to price differences.
Small precision: It happens that a person says "Thanks" exactly at the end of a giveaway and sometimes it is easy to confuse this person with the winner. So be sure to click on "Winners" in the left column of your giveaway's page to find the real winner.
Okay, I will check the winner tabs to not to confuse anything.
Assuming you are from Europe, you probably can gift to all other countries except a few ones, most likely Isreal, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
If you are really trying to make steam gift GA then it is best to look at game's steamdb.info price page before creating the GA. That will help you to restrict countries which can't accept game from your region.
For example let's look at Cyberpunk 2077's steamdb page. Based on not more expensive by 10% rule you will be able to gift game to everyone except those users who are from Isreal(expensive by 15.27%) and Japan(expensive by 20.69%)
These may also help you.
Thank you for the links and information! It is very helpful.
Also, if I see a country where the price is more expensive than 10% (in my case, Israel and Switzerland), should I use the region lock settings to allow everyone else expect those two countries to participate or should I just use to warn the potential participants from those countries to not join?
Use the regional lock setting, instead of just warning. If potential winner is from those 2 countries but you didn't lock them, steamgifts support can't help you to solve the issue unless winner agrees to reroll or delete the GA.
So always use regional lock setting whenever you can to avoid issues.
In regional lock setting when you are creating GA, select every countries except Israel and Switzerland for now.
Will do that then.
rerolls are denied for regional gibs, unless regions are selected during GA creation
however, agreeing to reroll also counts as a delete agreeance :)
but... a delete costs -1 giveaway slot, you start with 3 and gain +1 per 3 gibs marked as received
ITAD and GGdeals track prices, including Fanatical
Fanatical does get regionals, but rarely, is accurate and advises before you buy, unlike HB
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The easiest option is to buy keys at Fanatical. Most of their keys are not region locked, I have never seen anyone have an issue with that.
Steam do not sell keys at all, keys are bought from other stores, like Fanatical, DIG, Humble etc
I will make sure to check out Fanatical.