Valve has introduced Steam Points and the Point Shop where users can buy items for their profile or award for other users. Here we will help you understand how do these Steam Points work and what you can do with them.
How Steam Points Work
Earning Steam Points is easy. For every $1 the user spends on the Steam Store, they receive 100 points. Buy a game, DLC, hardware, application, soundtrack, or in-game item, and users will be rewarded points.
However, adding funds to your Steam Wallet or Steam Community Market purchases won’t get you any points. Furthermore, if the user decides to refund the game, the points for that purchase will be deducted from their account.
In case these points go negative, Steam will remove the most recent items and Community Awards for which they used the points for, until the balance is no longer negative.
Also, these Steam Points won’t be useless once the summer sale 2020 is over. According to Valve, the points system and the Point Shop is here to stay.
What You Can Buy
As for what users can buy with these points, players can buy Animated Avatars, Frames, Backgrounds, Badges, and Chat items. Also, any item you buy from the Point shop is not marketable or tradeable.
For chat items, players can buy chat effects, emoticons, and animated stickers to make their chat experience more interesting.
Furthermore, for their own profile, users can buy Animated Avatars, frames, and profile backgrounds
Also, players can buy items from the games they play. These items include profile backgrounds and emoticons.
The price of each of the items varies from 100 points to 5,000 points. The ultimate item that players can buy with these points, at the time of writing, is the Summer Golden Profile which costs 5,000 Points.
But, it only lasts for 30 days from the day the user buys it. The rest of the items on the Point Shop are for the player to keep forever.
Not only that, users can use the points to award User-Generated Content. Players can emphasize reviews and other user-generated content by awarding them using the points.
For example, if the user likes a game review, he/she can award the reviewer. The same goes for the other user-generated content which includes workshop items, screenshot, or a guide.
That is all for our guide on how Steam Points and Points Shop work. What do you think of the Points shop? Let us know in the comments below.