Announced last month, Valve’s Steam Trading Cards feature is now out of beta. Steam Trading Cards, as per the official description, are virtual cards that gamers are supposed to collect inside games and by trading them with other Steam users, with the ultimate aim of earning a wide set of tradeable and non-tradeable rewards, including game badges, profile backgrounds, emoticons, DLC/game coupons, profile showcases and extra friends list slots.
Half the set of cards associated with a particular game are available inside the game itself. At the moment, more than 30 games are part of the Steam Trading Cards program, including the likes of GRID 2, Company of Heroes 2, FTL, Monaco, Trine 2, Super Meat Boy, Sanctum 2, Magicka, Brütal Legend and Left 4 Dead 2.
“Once you've collected a set of cards you can craft them into a game badge. Like the current badges, they are tied to your account and are shown on your profile,” reads the Steam Trading Cards Group page . “Unlike the current badges, crafting games badges earns you tradable items like emoticons, profile backgrounds, and coupons. Level up your badge by collecting the set again and earning more items.”
“All badges now have XP which contributes to your Steam Level, a summary of your badge collection. You can view someone's Steam Level by hovering over their avatar. Leveling up earns you non-tradable items like profile showcases, extra friends list slots, and more.”
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