Steam Gaming Portal to Reward Players With Freebies for Just Playing Old Games

By Gary Cutlack on at

PC gaming saviour Valve is launching an odd card collection and swapsie system it calls Steam Trading Cards, designed to encourage gamers to play older titles to earn virtual cards to collect and eventually trade for in-game items.

It's already up and running in beta form, where players can pick up cards and begin to earn items by playing a range of titles including Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Team Fortress 2, Portal 2 and Half-Life 2, with these in-game badges boosting a player's XP and contributing to a new Steam Level ranking system.

Users can trade cards between each other to build up a complete set that can be converted into a saleable badge that may potentially be used to buy downloadable content, or Steam site features, plus, in a sign as to where all this may be heading, it's possible to buy access to the beta through Steam's community shop. [Steam via Ars]