Steam Deck already in the hands of touts, but Valve stops them

It was more than fair expect Steam Deck to be targeted by touts, just as happened with the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and more recently with the Nintendo Switch OLED model. In fact, many private retailers have already put the new Valve platform up for sale at crazy prices online: starting with figures like 1000 dollars, up to disproportionate sums such as that of $ 5,100. However, the situation may turn out to be less difficult than one might imagine.

Valve had clearly foreseen the possibility that touts would jump into the resale of the platform, which is why has introduced some important rules to pre-order it: first of all it was necessary to have a Steam account that had made a purchase on the digital store before June 2021, each user would have to pay a presale of 5 dollars and also you can only buy one Steam Deck per account. These limitations would have greatly curbed the problem, limiting the mass pre-order of consoles by touts.

However, the system was unable to completely eliminate the phenomenon. In fact on many online trading sites it is already possible to find Steam Deck at crazy prices, thus suggesting that Valve’s strategies have simply slowed the touts around the world. However, many point out that this form of prevention has allowed many real players to secure their own copy of the platform, highlighting the effectiveness of Valve’s method.

Steam Deck

On the other hand, a crash of Steam systems during the first few hours of pre-order availability did not offer all interested parties the opportunity to place the presale. In short, although the demand was very high Valve has shown that it can predict what would happen after the Steam Deck announcement and act accordingly. Were you able to reserve your copy? If so, let us know which model you have chosen by commenting at the bottom.

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