Rumor: Steam to let you ‘trade and exchange’ games (Update)

[Update: We’ve heard back from Valve’s VP of Marketing Doug Lombardi who tells us this rumor is “Untrue,” adding “We’ve never even met with Mr. Pachter.]

If you’re a PC gamer, there’s little doubt you’re regularly using Valve’s digital deliver service, Steam. But unlike physical games, these digital downloads generally have no resale or trade value… yet. According to Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter, that may soon be changing. 

[Update: We’ve heard back from Valve’s VP of Marketing Doug Lombardi who tells us this rumor is “Untrue,” adding “We’ve never even met with Mr. Pachter.]

If you’re a PC gamer, there’s little doubt you’re regularly using Valve’s digital deliver service, Steam. But unlike physical games, these digital downloads generally have no resale or trade value… yet. According to Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter, that may soon be changing. 

“Steam’s about to let you do that supposedly,” he tells NowGamer, “you know, like trade and exchange, but they’re going to take a fee from it.”
 
We’ve contacted Valve for comment, and will update when (and if) we hear more. As Big Download points out, the concept of trading downloadable PC title isn’t new, with Green Man Gaming already offering up a similar service. 
 
Let us know what you think of the idea of trading and exchanging your PC digital download titles. Would the fee turn you off? Are you a collector you likes to keep and replay your games? Or are you always looking to play the next big thing, and would be happy to get credit towards your next Steam purchase? 
 

Nick Chester