Spend money, earn points, spend points on other users
Steam has introduced a new meta-currency for users to earn, called Points. Whenever a user buys a game, DLC, Valve hardware, application, soundtrack, or in-game items, they will earn 100 Points per U.S. dollar spent.
Users can spend Points on a variety of things through Steam, including animated avatars, backgrounds for their shop, and animated chat emoticons. They can also reward other users for useful Workshop items or well-written Steam reviewers by donating their Points.
Valve says that the Points Shop is “here to stay”, and any bonuses unlocked through Points are permanent additions to a user’s profile. However, items purchased via Points cannot be sold via the marketplace or traded.
Some of these awards are quite handsome, like Portal-themed borders for a player’s avatar, or an animated emoticon of cartoon Geralt hopping and scrubbing in his bubble bath. There are lines of rewards associated with popular games, ranging from emotional platformer Gris to demon-slaying FPS Doom Eternal. There are indie titles like Disco Elysium represented with their own emoticons, side-by-side with Valve’s biggest hits like Dota 2 and CS:GO.
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