According to data from steamladder.com, the most valuable Steam profile reaches $ 279,114. I have to make it clear that the value of a Steam profile does not mean that it is what any player has actually invested in it. As anyone who has bought a Humble package can say, it is very easy to have games for hundreds of pounds and you have only paid for a fraction of them. But what does this value applies to?
For the user of Steam St4ck, the owner of the most valuable profile in the world, it is above all badges. Or more specifically, how badges affect the level of your Steam profile. The value of the games they have is $ 36,232.
For those who don’t know, trading cards are produced while playing and during Steam events like sales. Switching (or buying cards) for a complete set allows you to create a badge, which in turn increases your XP and therefore your level as a Steam user. Cards generated during Steam events, such as sales (usually by buying games), appear to contribute substantially more to the leveling than those that games have dropped. Being a top user has mostly cosmetic advantages, but it’s similar to the value of having a high level character in a game, if the character is you and the game is a showcase.
I was unable to contact St4ck for comment, as their friends list is full, although top-level profiles may add more friends. Of the top ten, St4ck was the only user whose badge value was significantly higher than $ 1,000. They are located as an atypical value among high value profiles. Most high-value accounts simply have very large game libraries, but St4ck has gone up a lot by accumulating cards. They are an abnormal value of trading cards between teammates who have more than 20,000 games, but who spend most of their time in a single game. For several people, that game was a Counter-Strike.
So, if you are interested in having a high value Steam account, you have two options: the first is to buy a lot of games. The second is an intricate network of trade in goods within a gamified economy of small transactions. But with a commercial economy sinking into store events, you can’t participate in the seconds without participating.