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The title pretty much says it all. If someone gave me a game, and I opened it for a few minutes to take a gander, can I still trade it to someone else? Or is it forever mine? For example, if someone were to gift me a copy of DotA 2 (not that I don't like DotA, it's just an example), and I opened it to see what was in it, can I still gift it to someone else?

Edit: Follow-up question: Can I have an opened copy of game X, but still receive additional copies of game X if I am, say, the middle-man for a Secret Santa or something of the like?

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It's forever yours. Only gifts that have not been added to your Steam library can be traded.

Source: Steam Support – Steam Trading

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Is that the final answer? Nothing can be done? Can I trade it using Steam trade? –  Jeffrey Lin Jan 11 '13 at 0:38
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Yep, final answer. Lemme add the official source… there. And no, it can't be retraded. –  SevenSidedDie Jan 11 '13 at 0:40
    
D'oh! I knew I shouldn't have opened it. Oh well. –  Jeffrey Lin Jan 11 '13 at 0:45
    
so what was the game? Dota 2? –  jonleech Jan 11 '13 at 0:52
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@SevenSidedDie: Unplayed doesn't give the right impression either since you can't trade unplayed stuff if your inventory. You should probably just mention the choice and stuff. –  Ullallulloo Jan 11 '13 at 16:04

On Steam, you have a Library and an Inventory. Your Library is the list of games you own and can play, but can't trade; your Inventory is the list of games you can trade but can't play.

If you want to play a game in your Inventory, you can add it to your Library, but games can't move in the other direction - once a game is in your Library, it's there forever and can never be traded.

You can view your inventory by going to Steam --> (Your Name) --> Inventory.
To add a game from your inventory to your library, click on it, then choose "Add to my Game Library" on the right.

..and I opened [the gift] it to see what was in it.

There is no such concept as "opening" a Steam gift. When you receive a gift, Steam tells you immediately what game you were sent, then gives you three options:

  • Add game to my Library. (This lets you play the game, but not trade it)
  • Add game to my Inventory. (This lets you trade the game, but not play it - the game can later be moved to your Library)
  • Decline (Returns the game to the gifter's inventory)

Can I have an opened copy of game X, but still receive additional copies of game X

Assuming you mean "If I have a game in my Library, can I also purchase/receive a second copy and put it in my Inventory?" the answer is yes, there are no restrictions on the games you can have in your Inventory.

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