New Steam wallet brings pre-pay to service
Funds can be logged by credit card, prepaid card and promotional codes
A new section has appeared on the Steam website today, allowing customers to pre-load funds to a Steam Wallet via credit card, prepaid card or promotional code.
The Wallet has yet to appear on the service's download client and hasn't been formally announced by Valve but appears to be fully functional.
The amounts are set brackets of £4, £8, £18, £35 and £70, although they are not translated into a points system in the way which Microsoft and Nintendo's pre-pay systems are.
The terms of service clearly state that: "You may place funds in your Steam Wallet up to a maximum amount determined by Valve, by credit card, prepaid card, promotional code, or any other payment method accepted by Steam."
The pre-paid card and code system also suggests that part of the motivation behind the move might be to allow non-credit card holders to purchase games by buying a physical card or code, or to allow parents to gift or pre-load an account for a child.