In an effort to combat spam, Valve has started separating its users into two different tiers and granting different access to features based on how much money the accounts have spent on the platform.
What does a restricted account entail? Some important loss of functionality, as those who have yet to spend money on Steam will not be able to send friend invites, participate in groups chats, or use the Steam Market.
Here’s the full list of restrictions:
•Sending friend invites
•Opening group chat
•Voting on Greenlight, Steam Reviews and Workshop items
•Participating in the Steam Market
•Posting frequently in the Steam Discussions
•Gaining Steam Profile Levels (Locked to level 0) and Trading Cards
•Submitting content on the Steam Workshop
•Posting in an item’s Steam Workshop Discussions
•Accessing the Steam Web API
•Using browser and mobile chat
How do I gain access to these features?
You will need to spend at least $5.00 USD within the Steam store.
Some examples of purchases that grant access to these features are:
?Adding the equivalent of $5 USD or more to your Steam Wallet
?Purchasing game(s) that are equal to $5 USD or more from the Steam store
?Adding a Steam Wallet card to your Steam account
?Purchasing a Steam gift that is equal to $5 USD or more from the Steam store (Receiving a Steam gift from a friend doesn’t count)
Each Steam purchase total will be tracked in USD. If your Steam store’s currency isn’t in USD, it will be tracked and converted to USD automatically using daily exchange rates.
What will not grant me access to the above features?
The below actions will not remove limited user restrictions:
?Activating a retail game on Steam
?Playing free demos
?Adding a non-Steam game as a shortcut
?Adding/playing promotional trials like Free Weekends
?Free to Play games (Examples: Alien Swarm, free versions of Portal and Team Fortress 2)
?Activating promotional CD Keys from hardware or graphic card manufacturers