Steam has been around for some time now, giving gamers an easy platform to explore, play, and enjoy some of the best games the industry has to offer. Thanks to Steam’s longevity, many experienced gamers have accumulated a whole host of impressive game titles to their libraries – some of which can add real value to a person’s account.
That said, one of the questions we get asked around here quite often is, “how much is my Steam account worth?”. It’s a question many gamers have pondered, especially the ones that have extensive libraries that date back to the earliest releases.
Luckily, finding out the value of your Steam account in today’s era couldn’t be simpler. With a host of tools available, you can figure out how much your Steam account is worth in less than five minutes.
So, with that being said, let’s waste no further time and take a quick look at how to evaluate the worth of your account.
As we mentioned earlier, Steam has been around since the early 2000s. That being said, Valve was late to the party when releasing a tool that could calculate the exact worth of your account – paving the way for third party websites like SteamDB.
Whereas Steam’s account-spend tool gives you the exact amount you’ve spent on your account (to the exact cent), third-party sites like SteamDB let you work out the approximate value of your Steam account based on the current pricing of each game within your library. Furthermore, third-party sites also offer nicer looking interfaces and some interesting stats which Steam does not offer.
That being said, let’s take a closer look at SteamDB to see how their system works:
- Before you can evaluate the worth of your Steam account using SteamDB, you must first set your account to public. This will allow SteamDB to access your profile data. To do this, click the ‘view My profile’ tab found under your Steam icon at the top of the home page
- Once inside your profile, click ‘Edit Profile’ which can be found on the right-hand side of the profile page
- From the available options on the left-hand side, click the ‘Privacy Settings’ tab
- Inside this tab, ensure that ‘My profile’ is set to public
- Once this is complete, you can head on over to SteamDB and sign in using your Steam account details
- Once signed up, you can simply click the calculator tool at the top of the page and follow the steps
- This will give you a breakdown of your account, how much each game is worth, and today’s price (alongside the lowest price)
That’s pretty much all there is to it. Unlike Steam’s account-spend tool, you also have a bunch of other interesting stats you can look through – including the status of your account, how many hours you’ve played in certain titles, and your Steam details (ID, etc). You can also search through the site and find out cool stats for games you’re interested in too.
The short answer is no. As per Steam’s Subscriber Agreement – the terms of service that you said you read prior to signing up – users are under strict rules when it comes to selling their Steam accounts. The exact wording from the Subscriber Agreement reads, “You may therefore not sell or charge others for the right to use your account, or otherwise transfer your account, nor may you sell, charge others for the right to use, or transfer any subscriptions other than if and as expressly permitted by this Agreement (including any subscription terms or rules of use) or as otherwise specifically permitted by Valve,”
So, that’s the legal version of, “no matter what happens to you, you are not allowed to transfer your account to anyone”. Pretty strict rules if you ask me – but those are the rules.
That being said, there is an underground marketplace where many people buy and sell Steam related goods – including accounts. I remember back when I first started playing Counter-Strike: Source and many gamers were looking to purchase old accounts that boast low (5 digits or less) Steam IDs. Whilst I’m sure this is still the case today, it’s strictly looked down upon by Valve.
So, there you have it, our quick breakdown on how to calculate the worth of your Steam account. Whilst working out how much your account is worth is an extremely easy thing to do, it still seems a little pointless in today’s day and age – especially when you consider the strict rulings made on selling/charging for the use of your account.
That being said, the tools we’ve shown can give you the bragging rights you deserve, and let you know whether or not you’ve spent too much on your account over the years. If you have any issues using the tools we’ve posted, feel free to drop us a comment in the section below. Better still, why not head on over to our Community Hub where you can discuss everything Steam related with like-minded individuals.