Steam has undergone some changes which Valve is hoping will put an end to spam and phishing scams by limiting access to some features until $5 or more is spent through the store.
The announcement of the move was posted on the Steam Knowledge Base site explaining why the system has been implemented.
Malicious users often operate in the community on accounts which have not spent any money, reducing the individual risk of performing the actions they do. One of the best pieces of information we can compare between regular users and malicious users are their spending habits as typically the accounts being used have no investment in their longevity. Due to this being a common scenario we have decided to restrict certain community features until an account has met or exceeded $5.00 USD in Steam.
There are limitations on what will remove the Limited User Account status, buying games from Amazon, GAME, GameStop, Humble Bundle and redeeming them in Steam or receiving a game as a gift won’t remove the limits.
Things that will lift the limitations are; Adding the equivalent of $5 USD or more to your Steam Wallet, Purchasing game(s) that are equal to $5 USD or more from the Steam store, Adding a Steam Wallet card to your Steam account and Purchasing a Steam gift that is equal to $5 USD or more from the Steam store.
Limited User Accounts won’t be able to access the following features until the $5 spend has been met
- Sending friend invites
- Opening group chat
- Voting on Greenlight, Steam Reviews and Workshop items
- Participating in the Steam Market
- 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