How to Sell Steam Games

Will the Steam police come after you?

Since Valve has streamlined the process for gifting games on Steam, it's no longer possible to sell Steam games. You could sell your entire Steam library by selling your account. However, doing so may result in Valve banning and locking the account if the transaction is discovered.

Can You Sell Steam Games?

In the past, when you purchased a game on Steam, you could add the game to your inventory before adding it to your library or sending it as a gift to a friend. Sellers with games in their inventories would arrange payments through an outside service like PayPal, then gift games to buyers through Steam.

Now when you buy Steam games, the system asks if you want to purchase the game for yourself or as a gift. There isn't an inventory option. The game goes to your library or the recipient's library. That means there is no way to sell a game from your Steam library unless you sell your entire Steam account. It used to be possible to trade games on Steam, but that is also no longer the case.

The only time items go to your Steam inventory is when you receive an extra copy of a game as part of a special promotion.

Selling Your Steam Account

Once you add a game to your library, it's there for good. The game only exists as a license that allows you to download and play it through Steam. Valve doesn't provide a way to transfer that license. If you want to sell the games in your Steam library, the only option is to sell your entire Steam account.

If you decide to sell your Steam account, you need to use an outside service like Venmo or a cryptocurrency like Bitcoin to receive payment. In the past, Valve locked and banned accounts to prevent sales such as these. So, avoid revealing details like the included games and your email address to anyone but serious buyers.

What Happens if You Sell Your Steam Account?

Before you attempt to sell your Steam account, it's important to remember that doing so comes with a few consequences. The first, and most important, is that you immediately lose access to your entire Steam library, your Steam ID, and your Steam friends list.

The other issue is that selling a Steam account violates the end-user license agreement (EULA) that you agreed to when you first signed up for Steam. In some countries, any EULA provision that strips consumer rights, like the right to resell items you purchase, renders the EULA unenforceable. If you live in an area with strong consumer protections like that, you probably won't get in trouble for selling your Steam account. However, Valve may still ban you from Steam in the future.

Before selling your Steam account, link the account to a new email address created for that purpose. Also, change the account name and delete your friends list prior to handing over the account so that the buyer can't impersonate you.

It's possible to get a refund from Steam if you bought a game within the last two weeks and played it for less than two hours.