I remember the excitement when my first Dota item worth 50 dollars on the Steam markt dropped – and the disappointment when i found out that i cannot cash out from Steam. While i never traded items since, here’s a new marketplace that makes selling items just as convenient as in the Steam market: Plunder.gg
I reached out to Leonin Savard, founder of Plunder.gg and Co-Owner of Boreal eSports to talk about the difficulties of selling Dota items online these days. „The biggest problem is the huge scam going around“, Leonin explains. „People have to trade through a long, painful and risky process on Reddit or Facebook.“
Sellers at Plunder.gg pay a fee of 10 percent
So he invented Plunder.gg to let bots do the work: You just set up an item to sell and give it to a Steam Bot. The buyer pays you in virtual coins on plunder.gg and the bot automatically trades the item with him. You can change the coins back to real currency whenever you want.
The downside: You have to pay 10 percent of every sale to plunder.gg as a fee. Buyers pay no extra costs though. Leonin says that compared to the 20 percent other marketplaces take, his site would be much cheaper.
Most expensive Dota item so far sold for 25 dollars
While there are a lot of Facebook groups and subreddits dedicated to Dota 2 item trading, it’s hard to estimate the size of the market. „It’s very anarchic“, Leonin admits, hoping that plunder.gg might give some structure to the trading business and helping it grow.
So does it work until now? „Items worth less than 15 dollars are usually sold in under 72 hours“, says Leonin. The biggest trade so far were Heaven-Piercing Pauldrons for 25 dollars. Power-sellers might soon earn a badge as a „Featured Seller“ with unknown benefits.