Valve will stop supporting local currencies in many countries

Valve will stop supporting local currencies in many countries

Valve has decided to make changes in its pricing policy in some countries in an unexpected move that may have significant consequences for local gamers. The growing economic instability that has been affecting countries like Argentina and Turkey makes it very difficult for developers to set prices for their games without incurring major losses. Steam will stop supporting local currency in a series of countries on November 20. The pricing of the games on Valve's platform will be switched to US dollars.

"Pricing games in USD for Steam customers in Argentina and Turkey will help us provide greater stability and consistency for players and partners, while also enabling us to continue to offer a variety of payment methods to Steam users in those countries/territories."

The list of countries that will be affected by this is large, and it includes several regions:

Central America

  • Belize
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama

South America

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Ecuador
  • Guyana
  • Paraguay
  • Suriname
  • Venezuela

Middle East

  • Bahrain
  • Egypt
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Oman
  • Palestine
  • Turkey
  • Yemen

North Africa

  • Algeria
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Sudan

According to Valve, this change is made to address "exchange rate volatility". It will have a series of immediate effects that will impact the price of video games, especially for the gamers that live in those countries. In most cases, it will imply an increase in the price, but there will also be other side effects. Before, these players could change regions to take advantage of better exchange rates and lower the final cost of their purchase. That is something that other players from different regions could also benefit from in some cases. The change shuts down that possibility too.

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