Steam Trading Cards are virtual cards earned by playing games on Steam. Sets of cards can be turned into game badges and tradable Steam community items.
Collect cards
Play any of the participating Trading Card games to get trading cards. Up to half the card set is dropped through game play, the other half is earned through your collecting prowess.
View the participating games you own
Craft game badges
Once you’ve collected a set of cards you can craft them into a game badge. Like the current badges, they are tied to your account and are shown on your profile. Unlike the current badges, crafting game badges earns you marketable items like emoticons, profile backgrounds, and coupons. Level up your badge by collecting the set again and earning more items.
Level Up
All badges now have XP which contributes to your Steam Level, a summary of your badge collection. You can view someone’s Steam Level by hovering over their avatar. Leveling up earns you non-tradable items like profile showcases, extra friends list slots, and more.
Get rewards for crafting badges
During badge crafting you'll receive random rewards from a set of game related items. They are tradable and can only be used while you possess them.
Profile backgrounds
Customize your profile with a background image.
You might earn game or DLC coupons.
Steam emoticons can be used anywhere on Steam where you can type, like chat, discussions, and profiles.
Profile Showcases
Choose what you want to show off. What’s unique about you? Based on your Steam Level you can customize your profile with showcases. Show off your favorite games, items up for trade, workshop mods, or maybe your favorite screenshots...
and more.
Show off
Show off your badges, Steam Level, and gameplay with the new profile and mini profile.
Feature a badge
Choose a badge to display at the top of your profile and in the mini profile you see when you hover over your avatar.
Updated profile
The profile gets a visual refresh and a more concentrated focus on what you play and how you participate on Steam. And with showcases, you decide what to feature.
Recent game activity
Gameplay, achievements, and content contributions all get rolled up into blocks in Recent game activity.

Your friends can check out what you’re playing and how you’ve fared at a glance.