Steam trading cards are virtual cards earned by playing games on Steam. These cards can be sold on the Community Market for Steam Wallet credit, turned into Game Badges, or traded with other players. Farming Steam trading cards can seem a bit complex, but it’s actually a fairly straightforward process once you understand how it works.
What are Steam trading cards?
Before we delve into the strategies for farming, let’s get to know what Steam trading cards are. They’re part of the Steam reward system. You can receive them while playing some of the games on Steam. As you play, you’ll periodically receive trading card drops which will be placed in your Steam Inventory.
Each game has a set number of card drops that you can receive just by spending time playing the game. Once you’ve collected all the card drops for a game, you can still obtain more of its cards by making a purchase in the game, participating in the Steam market, or by trading with other players.
Tools to farm Steam trading cards
Steamlvlup Card Factory
This is a Google Chrome extension which lets you to farm Steam trading cards directly from your browser. You need to login via Steam to Steamlvlup website though. Then it’s just as simple as clicking “Farm now” and keeping the browser tab opened in the background.
Nice feature about this is that Steamlvlup website lets you sell unwanted and untradeable trading cards and lets you buy whole sets of trading cards easily, without the 7 day Steam market wait. Here’s a code for 75 extra gems on the website: 4C836-1EC9A
Idle Master is an open-source utility that makes your Steam client believe you’re playing a game when you’re not, thus earning you trading cards while you’re off doing something else.
Here’s how to get started:
- Download and Install: First, download the Idle Master Extended software from the GitHub repository. Extract the downloaded file and run the IdleMasterExtended.exe.
- Connect to Steam: You’ll be asked to connect to your Steam account. As Idle Master uses the same web-based login that Steam uses, it should be safe to login. Once you’re logged in, the program will display the games for which you have trading cards remaining.
- Start Idling: Click on “Start” to begin idling. The software will simulate gameplay, and you’ll start collecting cards without actually playing the game.
Remember, Idle Master should be used responsibly. Avoid using it while playing multiplayer games on Steam as it may interfere with your gaming experience.
ArchiSteamFarm (ASF) is a C# application that allows you to farm Steam trading cards using multiple steam accounts simultaneously. Unlike Idle Master, ASF does not require your Steam client to be open.
Here’s how you can use ASF:
- Download and Install: Visit the ASF GitHub page to download the latest version. Once downloaded, extract the .zip file to a location of your choice.
- Configure ASF: In the config directory, you’ll find a file named
config.json. Open this file with a text editor and fill in the required information, which includes your Steam login credentials and other optional configurations.
- Start ASF: Run the ArchiSteamFarm.exe file. If your configuration was done correctly, ASF will start farming cards for the accounts you specified in the config file.
- Interact with ASF: ASF includes a command prompt interface that allows you to interact with it while it’s running. You can use it to check the status of the farming process, change the bot’s behavior, and much more.