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Spending more than $5 on Steam upgrades your account from a limited one to a premium one. I know there are a few benefits and privileges enjoyed by premium account holders, such as adding friends.

What other features do you gain access to as a paid member that limited members don't get?

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    I believe this question is more asking the benefits of being a "full" steam member, instead of an account who doesn't buy games through steam and merely uses its launcher platform. I'd imagine that's on Steam's FAQ or something, though. – Rapitor Sep 20 '17 at 18:21
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    I originally voted to close the question because I interpreted it as "what are the benefits of buying a game on Steam as opposed to other platforms", which I thought was too broad since we'd have to compare Steam to a bunch of other, unspecified platforms. The question is now much clearer, so I think it's a good thing it was reopened. – Mage Xy Sep 20 '17 at 18:41
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    @cazc_941 That edit changes the entire intent of the question, and is exactly what edits are not meant for. You are abusing your editing privileges in order to salvage an off-topic question. – Frank Sep 20 '17 at 19:33
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    @Frank No it doesn't and I'm not explaining it to you again using different words in the comments. I'll be home in around 4 hours if you'd like to discuss it in chat at a later time. – GnomeSlice Sep 20 '17 at 19:37
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    Well, this question turned around quite nicely. Probably scared off OP though. – Rapitor Sep 22 '17 at 12:43
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According to Steam's help page:

Limited users are prevented from accessing several features on Steam, including but not limited to:

  • Sending friend and group invites
  • Requesting access to groups
  • Opening group chat
  • Voting on Steam Reviews and Workshop items
  • Participating in the Steam Market
  • Trading Steam Community items (trading cards, booster packs, gems, etc.)
  • Posting frequently in the Steam Discussions
  • Gaining Steam Profile Levels (Locked to level 0) and Trading Cards
  • Submitting content on the Steam Workshop
  • Posting in an item's Steam Workshop Discussions
  • Accessing the Steam Web API
  • Using browser and mobile chat
  • Adding public artwork and screenshots
  • Adding messages to trade offers
  • Creating Steam groups
  • Counting towards Steam group membership

So, I assume you are able to do the above after spending five dollars.

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    Amazing, your posting times are the same... – Nelson Sep 21 '17 at 1:02
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    Now we need to manage to give them the same net vote count. – Ian Sep 21 '17 at 6:41
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    Some of these features require more than just spending 5 dollars, though (not sure if that's relevant to the OP.) For example, selling cards on the market requires that you set up two-factor authentication with the Steam Guard app, (apparently) in addition to spending $5. – Steve-O Sep 21 '17 at 19:25
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    @Steve-O Not true. I've sold cards on the market, and I have never set up 2-factor. The sale is just held for 15 days. – Jerry B Sep 22 '17 at 8:20
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    If I go to steamcommunity.com/market/ and click a link "Read about security requirements", a window pops up. It makes it clear that I can trade or sell stuff, but the action is on hold for up to 15 days, to have time to cancel if it's not me. Adding a Mobile Authenticator removes the hold, since you have to authenticate. Last time I sold anything was back in Feb. this year, but everything I'm seeing says I still can. Don't know why it forced you to. – Jerry B Sep 24 '17 at 7:44
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According to this article by Valve, this is what a "premium" account gets over a "free" (officially called "limited account") one:

  • Sending friend and group invites
  • Requesting access to groups
  • Opening group chat
  • Voting on Steam Reviews and Workshop items
  • Participating in the Steam Market
  • Trading Steam Community items (trading cards, booster packs, gems, etc.)
  • Posting frequently in the Steam Discussions
  • Gaining Steam Profile Levels (Locked to level 0) and Trading Cards
  • Submitting content on the Steam Workshop
  • Posting in an item's Steam Workshop Discussions
  • Accessing the Steam Web API
  • Using browser and mobile chat
  • Adding public artwork and screenshots
  • Adding messages to trade offers
  • Creating Steam groups
  • Counting towards Steam group membership
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    To editor: you can accept friend requests with a limited account. – Ave Sep 21 '17 at 21:26
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    You can access the Steam API on a free account. – Burgi Sep 22 '17 at 9:33
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    @Burgi you can't get an api key, though. – Ave Sep 22 '17 at 9:56

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