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No one is getting rich by trading gear in The Division

Services like G2A will have to stick to selling second-hand game codes for now

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

The first big patch for Tom Clancy's The Division is live today, and along with it comes the final word on how gear trading works.

The ability to exchange loot earned by killing enemies in the online shooter has been a much-requested feature by The Division's community. It's inclusion is considered by many players to be a feather in the cap for the game versus it's closest competitor, Destiny. But no one will be getting rich brokering deals in the Dark Zone. That's because gear trading is limited to one hour after the item was first picked up.

It's also limited to only the individuals who are in your group, and who were in your group initially when the loot dropped.

So don't expect to run to eBay or G2A — known as marketplaces for gear in games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive — for high-end knee pads or specialized sniper rifles. Trading in The Division will be a much more intimate affair.

For more on The Division check out Polygon's review here, as well as our discussion of tweaks being made to the crafting system and changes coming to the player-versus-player area known as the Dark Zone.

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