Steam Item Stores Introduced by Valve to Aid Developers
Good news for game developers and Steam users alike! Valve Corporation has introduced Steam Item Stores where developers will be able to put up their in-game items and sell them for real world cash.
An email was reportedly sent to developers working on the platform where they have explained how this is going to work.
It’s designed to easily integrate with a curated Workshop (similar to Team Fortress 2) so you can accept user-made items, use that data to create item definitions and prices in the Steam Inventory Service, and set those items for sale via the Item Store.
As far as the workings of the Steam Item Stores are concerned, Valve added that “Steam takes care of the checkout process, splitting payments to Workshop authors as appropriate, and adding the items to users’ inventories.”
This is expected too make things a lot more accessible though we are still thinking about the long term implications of this on the workings of Steam Workshop and Steam’s economy in general.
This is going to be a very good medium to create in-game economies as Valve puts it, and if you are interested, there is also this example of Steam Item Stores that Valve Corporation has provided.