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PayPal ‘preview’ available now

Credit card not required :: November 7th, 2006 :: Steam updates :: 20 Responses (Feed)

PayPal is now available through Steam, as part of a not-beta “preview” phase accessed with steam.exe -paypal. PayPal is now officially supported.

This preview release of PayPal on Steam is not being made available by default to all users because initially we want the overall number of transactions to be small. This lets us hand inspect every transaction and lets our support team interact individually with each PayPal customer.

As with all Steam transactions, all purchases are final and are subject to the terms of the Steam Subscriber Agreement.

There isn’t that much to say about the preview at this point, past the fact of its existence: you are redirected to a page on the PayPal website and go on from there, presumably like any other transaction. The disconnect may be slightly disconcerting for some, but if you’re using PayPal in the first place you are likely to be familiar with the process anyway.

If you’ve made a purchase through the preview, please feel free to leave a comment!

20 Responses to this post:

  1. garry Says:

    I’ve heard a couple of people that have bought stuff off Steam in the last few hours just for the hell of it (because now they can).

    They said the purchase was smooth and the game was added to their account instantly.

  2. e. nonee moose Says:

    Another smart move on Valve’s part… I don’t have any hard statistics but I would imagine a large portion of their customer base are thoroughly familiar with Paypal and will welcome the addition payment options provided.

  3. Film11 Says:

    Excellent news. If I wasn’t so low on cash at the moment (ah the joys of being a student) I would most definitely purchase a game or two πŸ˜‰

  4. Silver Says:

    Sweet, now I can buy games much more easily!

    So this is how garry will be paid when he releases GMOD 10.

  5. nikomo Says:

    Garry, if someone buys GMOD10 with PayPal, does the money (without better words) “add” in the normal ammount you get? I guess so, just wanted to know, since your PayPal account got.. uh.. yeah.

  6. wizpig64 Says:

    it probably just goes to valve, who then takes it’s cut of the price, and then forwards the rest to garry. i doubt it would go directly into his account. esp when it’s fubar at the moment.

  7. Crump Says:

    Yes! my best friend now can get steam games and play with us all πŸ™‚ well done steam!

  8. Steve Says: