CSGO Update Restricts Trading and Selling of Newly Purchased Keys

Even though this is a pretty simple CSGO update, it will affect a huge portion of CSGO traders, collectors and gamblers.

Believe it or not, there are still a lot of people out there who prefer trading CSGO keys instead of paying real money for something that they want to either use or gamble.

CSGO Keys, Valve restrics trading and selling

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Patch Notes – 28/10/2019

[ MISC ]

  • Added restrictions on tradability and marketability of newly purchased case keys, see here for more details.
  • Fixed a client UI issue sometimes displaying CS:GO Weapon Case as genuine quality.


  • Fixed an exploit where players could avoid Danger Zone damage if they had an invalid player name.
  • Once a drone starts self-destructing it can no longer grab cargo.

CSGO case keys purchased in-game will no longer be able to leave the account that purchased them. This means that they cannot sell them on the Steam Community Market or trade them away.

However, CSGO keys bought before this update are all marketable and tradable, so you do not have to worry about your old keys.

Why Did Valve Push This Update?

Even though Valve stated that most of the key trades were occurring between legitimate customers, they simply could not stand and watch scam networks use keys in order to liquidate their profits.

They even stated the fact that most of the CSGO keys that are traded or sold on the marketplace have origins from various scam networks. This is the main reason why Valve decided that newly purchased keys will not be tradeable or marketable.

How Will This Change Affect CSGO Community?

There is no denying that a lot of people will see this is a bad update and they will do everything in their power to revert this change.

As for the casuals who buy keys in order to open CSGO cases, nothing changed. You can still buy keys and use them open cases without any limitations or problems.

However, there are people who made living from trading CSGO keys. This update will definitely run them out of business. The worst thing about it, Valve did not even give them a heads up before the update.

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Are There Any Alternatives?

Let’s face it, there is barely any chance that Valve will revert these changes hence why traders need to stay sharp and use other alternatives.

Even though this is just me brainstorming certain ideas, maybe they will help you. There are quite a few games out there that use exactly the same principle with cases and keys.

For instance, the most popular Battle Royale on Steam is PUBG. One year ago it had an insane fanbase and over 3 million active players. Even though the numbers are not even close towards the end of 2019, PUBG founders put in place cases which can be opened by obtaining keys from the Steam.

This is an excellent alternative in my opinion and it is definitely worth. Furthermore, Rust is also becoming a small gambling paradise. However, they only have cases put in place who can be opened without a key.

All in all, these are the two alternatives that I could think of. If you have any alternatives, do let us know in the comments down below.