PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has items listed on the Steam marketplace for a while now, and the cosmetic items from the game has turned out to be some of the costliest items on the Steam Community Market. And neither the publisher nor Steam has any hand in manipulating the prices here on the Community Market.
The prices of the items being sold are set by the users themselves, since the items are from their own inventory. This leads to really inflated prices of rare items that are in demand. PUBG items have been sold for thousands of Rupees. And PUBG publishers Bluehole intends to counter this attitude and trend.
To this effect PUBG restricted the sale of its last released crate on May 16, which is the Aviator Crate. The latest update in the Steam blog page by the devs says that the restriction on the Aviator crate will be lifted on June 14. The devs believe that this policy of delaying the sale of the released crates immediately will curb the spikes in prices and hopes to reduce “abusive behavior of the market system.”
To this effect they announced, “Previous crates (like the Equinox Crate) were unmarketable for a shorter amount of time, but we’ve seen this cause somewhat abusive behavior of the market system—especially in the form of jacked-up prices for rare items. We believe that implementing slightly longer market restriction times will help alleviate this issue.”
This is the first active action that the devs have taken to curb the price inflation of the rare items, and it remains to be seen how it has worked after the lifting of the restriction.