Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is just one of the many games that has been ludicrously discounted as part of the Summer Steam Sale. However, if you purchase Valve’s digital platform you will discovered that it is not possible to buy the game and send it to someone else as a gift, where as other games are.

According to Valve’s Ido Magal, this feature has been disabled for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in order to grow its community. Magal said on the game’s Subreddit,

CS:GO will not be giftable during the sale. Our goal with sales is to grow the community and historically, during sales, the new users that stick around are mainly the ones that purchase copies for themselves.”

The explanation is sort of a cop-out, considering buying a game and sending it to someone else is also an effective way of bringing in new players.

As members of the Subreddit have noted, the move could instead be to prevent third-party retailers from exploiting the system. Some online retailers often sell digital PC games for much cheaper than they’re available for on platforms such as Steam. This is achieved by buying them through sales such as these, gifting them to email accounts outside of Valve’s ecosystem, then reselling them later on.

This year’s Steam sale has been dubbed the Summer Picnic Sale. Deals are on offer until July 4 at 10 AM PDT. Stay Tuned to Gamer Assault Weekly for all your gaming needs.

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