If you play games like Dota 2 on Steam often, spam messages from dodgy users wanting to buy or trade are the norm. Valve has decided to play Steam police by setting a new rule. If you haven't spent at least US$5 on Steam, then your access to the service will be extremely limited.
Five bucks really isn't much, people
US$5 is pretty much pocket change so we're not sure how much of a deterrent it will be to spammers. But then considering that previously plenty of these scammers created free accounts to try and fleece other people of their money, at least Steam will at least make them pay for their efforts.
Still, theoretically there could be actual non-scammers who fall under this category. This could be possible if, say, you're an extreme cheapskate who only plays free-to-play games on Steam and never buys in-game items, for instance.
Here's a list of what you won't be allowed to do on Steam if you spend next-to-nothing on the website.
- Send friend invites
- Open group chat
- Vote on Greenlight, Steam Reviews and Workshop items
- Participate in the Steam Market
- Post frequently in the Steam Discussions
- Gain Steam Profile Levels (Locked to level 0) and Trading Cards
- Submit content on the Steam Workshop
- Post in an item's Steam Workshop Discussions
- Access the Steam Web API
- Use browser and mobile chat