It’s Steam sale season, or I’d like to call it, cash deficiency season. Now is the time for you to grab games on multi-national, digital distribution site Steam for dirt-cheap prices. Be it for yourself or for friends, now is a great time buy games. Except for one game. Valve’s own Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has most definitely been given a great price cut of 50%, but you will not be able to purchase the game for your friends. As explained by a Valve employee on the CS: GO subreddit:

“CS:GO will not be giftable during the sale. Our goal with sales is to grow the community and historically, during sales, the new users that stick around are mainly the ones that purchase copies for themselves.”

Valve talks about the decision in a community growth sense, but there may well be other reasons. It is usually during these sales that third party key sellers will start turning a profit by purchasing keys for these games then selling them on the various grey market outlets at a later date.

In any case, there you have it, if you’re thinking of buying the game for a friends, best hold off until after the sale. If you’d rather get the game for a friend for cheap, send them a Steam gift card so they can purchase it for themselves! Enjoy the sale folks.

  • sintex

    too bad there are so many cheaters/ hackers! people that cheat don’t care if they get banned or “VAC banned”, they just repurchase the game and start over. the deal is that they have an account they don’t cheat in, they use another account to cheat and all winnings they just “gift” to their primary account and when they get banned they don’t care, they just simply pay the $16 and start all over again! I suspect that STEAM is quite aware of this but do nothing, they would rather rake in all that money from cheaters! in a way, they support it because they certainly do nothing about it! I would consider playing again if STEAM got a little more serious about game play fairness, maybe bind all accounts to the persons phone number and ban both MAC address and phone numbers PERMANENTLY! maybe adjust the price of the game to $40, this will make it more financially difficult for the idiots that are ruining an awesome game! I would pay the $40 in a heart beat if I believed cheating was being dealt with! until then, I have better things to do!

  • sintex

    too bad there are so many cheaters/ hackers! people that cheat don’t care if they get banned or “VAC banned”, they just repurchase the game and start over. the deal is that they have an account they don’t cheat in, they use another account to cheat and all winnings they just “gift” to their primary account and when they get banned they don’t care, they just simply pay the $16 and start all over again! I suspect that STEAM is quite aware of this but do nothing, they would rather rake in all that money from cheaters! in a way, they support it because they certainly do nothing about it! I would consider playing again if STEAM got a little more serious about game play fairness, maybe bind all accounts to the persons phone number and ban both MAC address and phone numbers PERMANENTLY! until then, I have better things to do!

    • Patrick Nguyen

      But of course. Valve is a money hungry company, it’s got mouths to feed. No doubt it does what it can, but the problem of cheating and hacking will forever be an issue. Something that Valve would rather not spend their resource or time on I’d say.

  • If you attempt to purchase CS:GO as a gift, then the following message appears: “Counter-Strike Global Offensive can only be purchased for your own account at this time.”. According to Valve, their “goal with sales is to grow the community and historically, during sales, the new users that stick around are mainly the ones that purchase copies for themselves.”
    and 4csgoskins Summer Sale Coming

  • If you attempt to purchase CS:GO as a gift, then the following message appears: “Counter-Strike Global Offensive can only be purchased for your own account at this time.”. According to Valve, their “goal with sales is to grow the community and historically, during sales, the new users that stick around are mainly the ones that purchase copies for themselves.”
    and 4csgoskins Summer Sale Coming

  • Mrglglglrgl

    The sale is gone and we still can’t gift :/

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