15 ridiculously expensive virtual items on the Steam Market

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A lot of popular modern games have adopted Free-to-Play or cosmetic-based payment models, which rely on the purchase of in-game items as a main source of income.

Valve’s competitive games – namely Dota 2 and Counter-Strike – have seen massive amounts of success using this financial model, as the games are more accessible and populated and some of the cosmetic items have gained significant value.

These cosmetic items (or ‘skins’) can be sold to other players for Steam Wallet funds. Although these items are purely cosmetic and do not change gameplay mechanics whatsoever, many players will apparently pay ridiculously large sums of money for a rare item.

Let’s check out a varied selection of the most expensive items sold to other players on the Steam community market in recent months.


Karambit Slaughter

Game: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Item: Knife skin

Price: Sold for R6,187 on 12 May 2016.

Karambit Slaughter


StatTrak M4A4 Royal Paladin

Game: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Item: M4A4 skin

Price: Sold for R6,116 on 8 May 2016.

StatTrak M4A4 Royal Paladin


Bayonet Tiger Tooth

Game: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Item: Knife skin

Price: Sold for R6,035 on 10 May 2016

Bayonet Tiger Tooth


Genuine Rainmaker

Game: Dota 2

Item: Weapon skin for Windranger

Price: Sold for R5,745 on 8 May 2016

Genuine Rainmaker


Glock-18 Fade

Game: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Item: Glock-18 skin

Price: Sold for R5,577 on 12 May 2016.

Glock-18 Fade


StatTrak M9 Bayonet Ultraviolet

Game: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Item: Knife skin

Price: Sold for R5,311 on 10 May 2016.

M9 Bayonet Ultraviolet


Legacy Mighty Boar

Game: Dota 2

Item: Courier skin

Price: Sold for R5,281 on 6 March 2016

Legacy Mighty Boar


StatTrak Karambit Blue Steel

Game: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Item: Knife skin

Price: Sold for R5,266 on 12 May 2016

Karambit Blue Steel


Lucky Alpine Stalker’s Hat

Game: Dota 2

Item: Armour skin for Ursa

Price: Sold for R4,737 on 11 May 2016

Lucky Alpine Stalker's Hat


Genuine Golden Gravelmaw

Game: Dota 2

Item: Weapon Skin for Earthshaker

Price: Sold for R4,718 on 12 May 2016.

Gravelmaw


Bayonet Fade

Game: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Item: Knife skin

Price: Sold for R4,651 on 7 May 2016

Bayonet Fade


Souvenir R8 Revolver Amber Fade

Game: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Item: R8 Revolver skin

Price: Sold for R4,438 on 2 May 2016.

Amber Fade R8 Revolver


Inscribed Shattered Greatsword

Game: Dota 2

Item: Weapon skin for Sven

Price: Sold for R4,137 on 12 May 2016

Inscribed Shattered Greatsword


Jumo

Game: Dota 2

Item: Courier skin

Price: Sold for R3,949 on 1 April 2016

Jumo courier


Genuine Burning Fiend

Game: Dota 2

Item: Weapon skin for Doom

Price: Sold for R3,482 on 8 May 2016

Genuine Burning Fiend


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