If you’re a legit PC gamer, you no doubt have a Steam account loaded with a ton of games. You’ve likely received many random friend requests here and there too, some of which are from people who are looking to hijack your account and access all the goodies that come with it. Steam’s latest policy should hopefully prevent that from happening anymore, or at least cut down on it drastically.
The new policy will restrict you from many of Steam’s features, unless you have a minimum of $5 worth of games in your library, or $5 in your Steam wallet. Here’s what you’ll be prevented from doing should you not meet the above requirements (via PC Gamer):
- Sending friend invites
- Opening group chat
- Voting on Greenlight, Steam Reviews and Workshop items
- Participating in the Steam Market
- Posting frequently in the Steam Discussions
- Gaining Steam Profile Levels (Locked to level 0) and Trading Cards
- Submitting content on the Steam Workshop
- Posting in an item’s Steam Workshop Discussions
- Accessing the Steam Web API
- Using browser and mobile chat
Oddly enough, activating a retail copy of a game on Steam will not count. So if you, for example, only have a Steam account because you bought something like Half-Life 2 back in the day, you will not be able to do any of the above. Thankfully, there are no restrictions when it comes to playing a game, so if you’re one of those people, you can continue to live out your dreams as a mute scientist who has a thing for crowbars.
This change will make a world of difference. The entry fee of $5 may be small, but it will hopefully go a long way in curbing the sort of spam and phishing that has plagued Steam for years.
Last Updated: April 20, 2015