An internal debate has been going on with the PixelTail Developers. The topic of the debate is: Steam Marketplace.
While we have always stated no microtransactions, and will not go back on our promise, we feel that enabling Steam Marketplace would ensure our community a place for legal and safe methods of trading items through monetary means.
What exactly does this mean?
While PixelTail Games will never set a price on items, the community can create its own economy around the items where they see fit. PixelTail Games would never step in and alter prices or say this item is worth than that item. These prices would all be based on supply and demand by the community.
Why are you considering it?
There’s a number of reasons we have been considering it:
- Users will most likely set real-world monetary values on items even without marketplace. This is concerning for us as then people could easily be scammed and do non-safe transactions, which would force us to moderate that.
- In case we need more funding to stay afloat, this is a very helpful way without adding a microtransaction item store.
- There’s been multiple requests for this feature already.
I’ve never heard of Steam Marketplace, what is it?
Steam Marketplace allows users to trade items in exchange for Steam Wallet money, but through a supply and demand economy system. It protects users when making monetary trades as both parties exchange money through Valve’s payment system, ensuring money is correctly transferred as well as the item.
What games have used it?
Most notably: Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Dota 2. There are quite a few indie games as well such as: Killing Floor 2 and Rust. You can see the full list on the market page: https://steamcommunity.com/market/
Okay, what would this change?
Other than giving users a safe way to trade items for money, this would not effect gameplay at all. You’d still only be able to earn Units through gameplay (and you can’t trade Units at all), you can still earn all the items in game as well. The marketplace is there for those who want to safety trade items for money, but it is not required. You can still trade items with friends for free. Also, not all items would be marketable.
This is where you come in.
This is a hotly debated topic for us. We see the benefits for our community and the extra income could help us keep afloat a little longer. We also see how this could cross the microtransactions line and that’s something we want to be careful about.
We’d love for you to share your opinion on this matter. Nothing here is final, and our decision to use marketplace has not been decided yet.
Vote below, then please feel free to post your opinions.
- I am okay with Steam Marketplace
- I am NOT okay with Steam Marketplace
- I don’t care either which way
We’d like this to be a very casual conversation and it doesn’t actually mean anything yet. Also the vote above doesn’t only determine if we use Steam Marketplace, we simply want your opinion in an organized way.