Steam Seemingly Cracks Down on Changing Regions to Buy Games Cheaply

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Valve is cracking down on folks who take advantage of region-hopping to get a cheaper price on digital PC games.

According to SteamDB, Valve has placed a limit on how often you can change the country associated with your Steam account. You’ll now only be able to update your account’s country once every three months.

In a further crack down on people buying games in cheaper regions, Valve added a limit on how often you can change your Steam account’s country.

Country may not be updated more than once every 3 months. Purchases can be completed using a payment method from your current region.

— Steam Database (@SteamDB) June 23, 2021

Steam allows for regional pricing, meaning publishers can set different prices for games for different regions based on the cost of living there. This means some areas will get games set at a lower price, and those looking for a deal can take advantage of this and change their region to also buy a game at said price.

The newest changes are just the latest updates Valve has made to combat this practice. Steam has already placed restrictions on what payment methods are allowed to be used during transactions as well as restrictions on VPN usage.

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The limits on region changes mean that if you’re really desperate to get a game for a lower price, you can only do so four times a year which hardly seems worth it. Not when there are events like the Steam Summer Sale happening right now.

Still, if you’re a deal-hunter on Steam, this is likely Valve’s most recent efforts to curb region-hopping.

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Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor.

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