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Post by Dan @ 12:34pm 16/01/14 | 17 Comments
Reports out of the Valve Software hosted Steam Dev Days conference in Seattle this week, indicate that the Steam service plans to soon expand its range of accepted currencies from countries around the world. A photo taken from a Dev Days presentation and Tweeted by attending developer Armin Ibrisagic of Sanctum 2's Coffee Stain Studios suggests that support for 12 new currencies is on the way, with both Australian and New Zealand dollars among the new additions.

Steam currently supports United States Dollars (USD), British Pounds (GBP), Russian Rubles (RUB), Brazilian Reais (BRL) and Euros (EUR), and the presentation slide indicates that during 2014 Valve plans to expand on that to also include Australian Dollars (AUD), Thailand Baht (THB), Canadian Dollars (CAD), Norwegian Krone (NOK), Mexican Pesos (MXN), New Zealand Dollars (NZD), Philippines Peso (PHP), Malaysia Ringgit (MYR), Indonesia Rupiah (IDR), Singapore Dollar (SGD) Ukraine Hryvna (UAH), and Japanese Yen (JPY). These currencies are of course on top of the multitude of payment methods now available on Steam, which depending on region includes a variety of credit cards, PayPal and WebMoney, etc.

It's difficult to speculate whether this will actually be a net positive for Australian Steam users, as although transacting in local currency should avoid conversion fees from local financial institutions, it will also somewhat obscure regional price markups between the US and Australian prices offered on the service, which have traditionally been very easy to compare while both in US dollar amounts.

Update: Had originally interpreted the pictured 'kr' as Korean Won, but a closer look at the map suggests it refers to the Norwegian Krona - sorry Koreans! Also note that Turkey is highlighted, but there's no mention of the Lira.













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greazy
Posted 12:48pm 16/1/14
Is this in anyway tide to developers regionalising game prices so they are more inline with physical stores?
TiT
Posted 12:52pm 16/1/14
Hopefully now with VPN etc might be able to get cheap Mexican prices ;)
Draxonic
Posted 12:57pm 16/1/14
Awesome! Now we can be gouged in our own currency!
Rdizz
Posted 01:00pm 16/1/14
bitcoins will make it there one day..
Lewk
Posted 01:48pm 16/1/14
This is probably a good thing. Our dollar against the greenback is tanking, having it without a conversion fee is a good thing. I dare say all the pricing will stay the same...
fryzeegunner
Posted 02:48pm 16/1/14
Im with TiT. can you imagine how cheap the THB will be.
glynd
Posted 02:50pm 16/1/14
This is probably a good thing. Our dollar against the greenback is tanking, having it without a conversion fee is a good thing. I dare say all the pricing will stay the same...


I'd think the opposite :| Now they can do the "economic climate" spiel on why Australian's pay $30 more than USA.
Mosfx
Posted 06:07pm 16/1/14
We already get gouged on Steam, the US price listed in our Steam store is still higher then they actually pay for in America; just means we get gouged in AUD instead.
Mantorok
Posted 06:35pm 16/1/14
We already get gouged on Steam, the US price listed in our Steam store is still higher then they actually pay for in America; just means we get gouged in AUD instead.
Depends on the publisher, plenty of stuff is the exact same price for US and AU customers.
carson
Posted 07:44pm 16/1/14
Well, time to get price gouged
Akuma07
Posted 03:20pm 17/1/14
There go the days of getting cheap games on Steam like the rest of the world. This is actually a really bad thing if you ask me. We never needed our own currency on there, anything our currency touches turns into shit.

Australia tax, here we come.
parabol
Posted 05:15pm 17/1/14
Depends on the publisher, plenty of stuff is the exact same price for US and AU customers.

And plenty aren't ...

e.g. COD:MW2 on the US store:

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.. and in the AU store:

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kappa
Posted 05:17pm 17/1/14
Lol that is fucking criminal.
fpot
Posted 05:19pm 17/1/14
Fuck I love your avatar.
Mantorok
Posted 06:12pm 17/1/14
parabol - That's part of the reason I've stopped buying Activision games.
Mosfx
Posted 07:08pm 17/1/14

And plenty aren't ...

e.g. COD:MW2 on the US store:

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.. and in the AU store:

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And by the time you convert it 102.02 AUD
Tyoson
Posted 12:55am 20/1/14
parabol - That's part of the reason I've stopped buying Activision games.

Me too :)
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