Steam Deck: Valve Taking Steps Against Scalpers With the Help of Steam Accounts

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With yesterday’s big reveal of Valve’s upcoming PC gaming portable Steam Deck, no doubt some scalpers are already salivating at the thought of hoarding these bad boys and selling them at exorbitant prices. It seems Valve is aware of this, and have taken measures against scalpers who are aiming to buy multiple units!

In the official Steam Store page featuring the Steam Deck, the FAQ at the bottom of the page mentions that people who want to reserve a unit must at least 48 hours (two days) old, be in good standing, and have made a purchase on Steam prior to June 2021!

Are there any restrictions on users that can reserve the Steam Deck?

Your Steam account must be in a valid country. Additionally for the first 48 hours of reservation availability your account must be in good standing, and have made a purchase on Steam prior to June 2021.

In addition to that, Valve has even included a statement on how they are aware of unauthorized resellers, which explains the harder-than-usual reservation process.

Why is my account not able to place a reservation until Sunday?

We are aware of potential unauthorized resellers, and as an additional safeguard to ensure a fair ordering process, we’ve added a requirement that the reserver has made a purchase on Steam prior to June 2021 for the first 48 hours of reservation availability.

There is also a reservation fee which Valve says will give them “a clearer signal of intent to purchase, which gives us better data to balance supply chain, inventory, and regional distribution leading up to launch.”

Will this completely stop scalpers? Probably not, but this is a good step in making sure that those who do reserve and buy the Steam Deck are actual gamers, and not just in it to profit greatly from other people.

Pre-orders for the device are set to live later today, with the release of the unit set for December 2021.

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