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How much does it cost to make a Steam account?

The great news is that it‘s completely free to create a basic Steam account! You can get started and access many features without spending a dime. I‘ll walk you through everything you can do with a free account, how to upgrade to a full account, and some tips for using Steam safely.

What can I do with a free Steam account?

There‘s a lot you can experience on Steam without paying anything. As your buddy who loves gaming, here‘s what I recommend checking out:

  • Browse and follow upcoming game releases – Steam has a massive catalog of over 50,000 games!
  • See what your friends are playing and chat with them – Steam makes staying connected easy.
  • Join community hubs to discuss your favorite games.
  • Watch game trailers and livestreams to preview titles.
  • Organize your wishlist for the next big sale.
  • Enjoy free-to-play games like Dota 2, CS:GO, and more.

According to Steam‘s latest user statistics, over 120 million active players use Steam each month. Most of them are enjoying the platform with free accounts!

Limitations of a free account

While you can do a lot for free, some features do require upgrading your account by adding funds. With a free account, you can‘t:

  • Purchase games or downloadable content (DLC)
  • Access mature/18+ rated content
  • Sell trading cards or other inventory items
  • Add friends beyond the initial limit

How to upgrade your Steam account

By adding just $5 USD or more to your Steam Wallet, you can upgrade your account and unlock full access to community features. I‘d recommend upgrading so you can:

  • Buy new and discounted games during Steam sales!
  • Access age-restricted mature content.
  • Increase your friend limit from 250 to 2,500.
  • Level up your profile by collecting badges.
  • Sell trading cards, CS:GO skins, and other in-game items.

Over 25 million Steam users have spent money on Steam, according to a 2016 estimate. Upgrading is simple – just purchase a Steam gift card or add funds directly using PayPal, a credit card, or other payment methods.

Recurring fees?

Nope, there are no monthly subscription fees to use Steam! You only pay when purchasing new games or in-game content. Everything else like chatting, matchmaking, cloud saves, and Steam client updates are totally free.

Is it safe to add payment information?

I totally get being hesitant to add your payment info to any site. As your personal tech guru, I can share that Steam uses encryption and other security measures to keep your financial information safe and protected:

  • Steam uses HTTPS and SSL protocols for all transactions.
  • They store encrypted credit card info on PCI-compliant servers.
  • Two-factor authentication is available for additional account security.
  • No full credit card number is shown on your statements.

Millions of transactions occur each day on Steam with minimal issues reported. Just be sure to use unique passwords and be wary of phishing attempts!

Can I permanently delete my Steam account?

You can delete your Steam account at any time through the Steam support site. However, account deletion is permanent, which means:

  • You‘ll lose access to all purchased games and DLC.
  • Your inventory items, trading cards, and any wallet funds will be forfeited.
  • Game progress, achievements, profiles, and friends will be gone.
  • You cannot reuse the account username in the future.

Unless you absolutely need to close an account, I‘d recommend deactivating it or limiting access instead. That way your purchases are preserved in case you change your mind later on.

The Bottom Line

Hope this summary helps explain Steam‘s costs and account options:

  • Creating a Steam account is 100% free.
  • Upgrade for $5 to enable purchases, trading, and full access.
  • No recurring fees – just pay for new games and content.
  • Use secure payment options to add funds.
  • You can permanently delete accounts, but will lose all data.

Let me know if you have any other Steam questions! Happy gaming!