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News video games 24 June 2021, 11:28

author: Jacob Blazewicz

Steam Will Make Cheap Purchases via VPN Even Harder

Valve has introduced a new restriction on Steam related to country settings. Thus, the platform continues to fight against the abuse of VPNs to buy games at lower, regional prices.

Valve continues to fight against the abuse of regional pricing on Steam. As reported by SteamDB, the platform has introduced a restriction on changing the country in the settings. From now on, players can update their location no more than once every three months.

It's been a year since Valve made it mandatory to complete transactions on Steam via a country-specific payment method after setting a different region. Both changes are most likely related to the practice of using VPNs to buy games at lower prices reserved for residents of selected countries (for example, in less affluent markets). Formally, the method has long been incompatible with Steam's terms of service, so using it can have unpleasant consequences for the user. Not that this deterred bargain hunters, if Valve decides to introduce more restrictions.

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