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Valve adding 12 new currencies to Steam this year

Valve adding 12 new currencies to Steam this year

Thu 16 Jan 2014 10:05am GMT / 5:05am EST / 2:05am PST
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Canada, Mexico, South-East Asia and Australia among the territories to receive native support

Valve is aiming to almost triple the number of currencies officially accepted on Steam this year.

According to a slide released by Steam Database from Steam Dev Days, Valve plans to offer native currency support to Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, The Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Turkey, Ukraine and Norway.

By demolishing these additional barriers to entry, 2014 may prove to be as good a year for Steam as the last. At Dev Days, Gabe Newell has revealed that the service now has 75 million users, and he asserted Valve's desire to assert more control over its content by stepping away from its user-controlled Greenlight system.

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Barrie Tingle Live Producer, Maxis

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When I was back home in the UK, the pricing in GBP was a 1 for 1 against the USD meaning games were 10-20 more than you can get them for on the likes of Amazon. Did they ever resolve than and price competitively against UK retailers lower PC prices?

Posted:10 months ago

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Morville O'Driscoll Blogger & Critic

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Kind of... Generally the prices in the UK Steam store are better than the US equivalent (Rome 2 is a good example: 30 vs $60), but they're still beaten by Amazon (25 for a disc and Steam key). The people who really get screwed over are Europeans who have to pay in Euros (Rome 2 is 55 Euros which is 45/$75).

(Prices brought to you by http://www.steamprices.com/us/search?rome :D )

Posted:10 months ago

#2

Andrew Watson Programmer

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But will they have proper exchange rates?

Posted:10 months ago

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Morville O'Driscoll Blogger & Critic

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Seems unlikely, but I'm hopeful.

Although, having said, as per everything to do with prices, it's the publishers choice. I think many publishers are still stuck in the pre-internet era, where they think consumers don't know how much other countries pay for items. Then factor in local taxes, and it probably just makes life easier for them if they say "Screw it, 1-for-1 against the dollar".

Posted:10 months ago

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