Gaming can be an expensive hobby; most gamers do not have enough resources to buy games at full price. It would become more difficult for most gamers, mainly because of the rumors that next-gen gaming will be more expensive. That is why many of us wait for games to go on sale so that we can enjoy them at a lesser price. Undoubtedly, the best place to get games on sale is steam because of its famous sales and the frequency of its sales.
Now many of us try to find the best deal out there, and since pricing and sales depend upon the location, many players try to use VPN to change their location. Using a VPN while purchasing a game is a clear violation of the terms of services of steam. More importantly, it also affects the pricing structure of games in countries where the average annual income is less than the US or Canada.
Pricing of Horizon Zero Dawn on PC is a prime example in this case. Sony originally priced the game at only $15.99 in the US and 539 pesos ($7) in Argentine. Many players bought the game from Argentina using the VPN, and hence Sony increased the price to 2100 pesos, which is roughly a 300% increase in price. The gamers in these countries are getting more and more marginalized by the ‘value-hunters,’ and hence Valve has decided to crack down on the VPN users.
Valve has recently made changing your store country more strict, which requires completing a purchase using a payment method from that country.
This should hinder the ability of using VPNs to buy games cheaper. pic.twitter.com/IozwoO6gsi
— Steam Database (@SteamDB) July 29, 2020
It is now very hard to buy a game from another country using a VPN on Steam. The new restriction requires players to purchase the game using payment methods belonging to that region. Some may argue that restricting buying games from other regions would hamper the spread of gaming. In reality, using a VPN to buy games from less fortunate countries is not only a violation of terms of services but also a highly immoral practice.