I was wondering something
Apparently Steam doesn't give keys anymore. It's been a while already, but now steam only allows to buy games to yourself and for a friend
So...how does the site works nowdays?
Like, if we win a giveaway, how are we supposed to recieve the game? Or if we are the one doing the giveaway, how we give the game to the winner?

Just a note, I've already won some giveaways on the past, so I'm fully aware that the site is trustable. I just don't know how it works nowdays and it got into my mind now because I won a giveaway and didn't revieved anything yet (though it wasn't been a week)

3 weeks ago

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Lots oof other sites to buy steam keys from, other than Steam.

Fanatical
IndieGala
HumbleBundle

Just check out isthereanydeal.com to see where to get the cheapest Steam keys at any given time.

3 weeks ago
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Also Nuuvem sells Steam keys (very relevant for Brazilian OP).

3 weeks ago
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Green man gaming is great for low low prices on new games :D

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Oh yeah, I forgot that you can still buy keys from external sites
I don't know how that happend since I bought Max Payne some months ago, and it was on Green Man Gaming

3 weeks ago
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Yeah, i didnt want to list a dozen sites, so just added mention of isthereanydeal.com at the end.

3 weeks ago
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True that. :D

2 weeks ago
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Well, you can just add the winner of a giveaways as a friend and gift them the game.
But as far as I'm aware, you were never able to buy keys directly from Steam? You could buy a steam gift to your inventory but that's all.
So, just like always, you buy keys from one of the digital stores like Fanatical, green man gaming, Humble Bundle, etc.

3 weeks ago
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Maybe I'm just having an false memory, but as far as I remember it was anyone could buy an key directly from Steam. I think they've probably removed because almost no one was using this (I believe who used was on the majority just influencers)

3 weeks ago
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I think you remember inventory gifts as keys since they used to can be send to anyone. It was possible to buy games on sales and put them in your inventory.

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Keys are the most common, but there are also gifts from Steam, and links to things like Humble, where you claim your key that way.

3 weeks ago
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I see. Thanks

3 weeks ago
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You add they key of the game when you create a giveway, and then it's automatically assigned to the winner chosen by RNG
During this phase, you can precise if the key is region-locked, if you wanna restrict to higher levels or specific groups.
Same in reverse, if you win a game, the key will appear automatically on your won page

You can still gift games from steam, but you can no more stock them in your inventory.
So if a sale ends before you could deliver the gift to your winner, you're in shit.
If you win a steam gift, the winner will try to add you on Steam to deliver it to you.

Welcome back and good luck for the future giveaways !

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Thank you Coley. Although I don't comment very often, I still visit this site sometimes to see if there is any giveaway from a game that I interest. Although it's hard, I know that isn't impossible and, like I said, I know it's trustable
I don't know which method the person that made the giveaway I won is going to use. I believe it's the friend one since the key is not on the won page yet (but it's been just 5 days, so I'm not entirely sure yet)

3 weeks ago
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When a giveaway has ended, the gift is required to be sent to the winner within one week.

It can still be a key on your won page, if it's a gift then gifter will add you.
Wish you to receive what you won, otherwise after one week try to contact the gifter and then if there is no answer, you can just mark as not received.

@s4k1s
Nice ! Didn't know for 2-4 packs thanks good to know.

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I see. That makes sence
Well, it passed one week today, but on his profile it looks like they normally give the game to the winner, so I'll wait just a little more in case they're just busy or something like that. If there is still nothing then I'll try to contect them

2 weeks ago
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Update: They've just sended the key today. I believe he also sended to the ones that won his other giveaways that ended alongside the one I won

2 weeks ago
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Sometimes the client doesn't display friend requests clearly. Did you check the client notifications?

@Coley, the only way to add games to your inventory is to buy packs of 2 or more. Like Don't Starve Together, Zombie Army Trilogy, 7 Days to Die, to name a few.

3 weeks ago
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I've checked, but there was nothing about an friend request. At least not yet

2 weeks ago
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I didn't know that Steam sold keys themselves?

3 weeks ago
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I don't remember exacly when they've stopped, but I believe it isn't possible anymore because almost no one uses since it's more practical to just give the game as a gift or buy directly to the person's account

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Well you can't give a gift to someone who has more than a 10% difference in price to what you pay in your region

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Yeah, I'm aware of that
I mean, I think you can do it without problems, but just if the difference is lower and not higher. There is a friend of mine that lives in Portugal and he has gifted me two different games already (one was an bad hentai game just as a joke, but the other was Black Mesa), but I tried to do the same and Steam wouldn't let me because the games here are cheaper than where he lives

2 weeks ago
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I'm fairly confident in saying that Steam never sold keys to users directly, the keys can only be requested by developers/publishers themselves and they then distribute the keys to 3rd party stores or sell them themselves. Specially because originally the whole key system was meant for activating the physical copies bought as disks, that's why they used to be called CD keys.

You're probably mixing it with the fact that some years ago we were able to buy games as gifts and keep them in our inventories to be sent at a later date, a function that Valve discontinued to curb cross-region trading. Although you can still get those kind of gifts when buying multi-packs from Steam, the extra copies show up as inventory gifts, but that only works for the games that have that option and there's only a few of those.

3 weeks ago
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Oh, I see. I don't know if it's just here where I live, but I remember that this option was something like "Comprar como chave" or "Buy as a key", so maybe that's why I thought it was possible.
Thanks Axel

2 weeks ago
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To summarise the SG experience:

  1. Buy Steam keys from legit sites
  2. Check for any Region restrictions or ensure key is Global
  3. Host giveaway (Invite only/Group/Public) {easy}
  4. Maintain an ok ratio {easy}
  5. Participate in Discussions for fun or to seek Giveaways {easy}
  6. Join Groups
  7. Win Games
  8. Play Games {easy}
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