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 Battlegrounds  item trading shut down due to marketplace abuse

Battlegrounds item trading shut down due to marketplace abuse

May 4, 2018 | By Chris Kerr

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds developer PUBG Corp. has turned off personal item trading for Steam players after some were found to be abusing the system. 

In a short blog post, the studio explained some players have been using Steam's 'personal trade' function -- which is supposed to let people exchange items without any costs attached -- to sell items through third-party sites. 

"This is essentially an abuse of the system," explained the dev. "To prevent this, we're temporarily turning off personal trades while we search for a better solution. Once we figure out a way to prevent abuse, the restriction will be lifted."

Effectively, this means some wily customers have been flogging items on external sites so they can rake in real-world cash, as all money made from sales within the Steam ecosystem must be reinvested on Valve's digital marketplace. 

Third-party websites sprung up to circumvent that restriction, and usually take a cut of the profits in exchange for letting users sell their digital goods for tangible dollars. 

Given skin and other items sales can be worth a fair chunk of cash, it's no surprise to see PUBG Corp. working to close those loopholes.

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