The Steam Summer Sale is live with deals on thousands of games


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The 2021 Steam Summer Sale has begun and until 1PM ET on July 8th, you can score deals on thousands of PC games, big and small. Among the titles you can pick up at a discount are Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which is half off at $20 , and Mass Effect Legendary Edition (down from $60 to $50 ). Yahoo TechThe Steam Summer Sale is live with deals on thousands of games

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Steam Summer Sale 2021 On Now, Mass Effect LE, Horizon Zero Dawn, and More Discounted

Wccftech 24 June, 2021 - 02:49pm

The temperature is rising, but forget hitting the beach (assuming you’re able to) – its time to stay inside and play more video games! The Steam Summer Sale 2021 is serving up discounts on tens of thousands of games, including Cyberpunk 2077, Horizon Zero Dawn, Hades, Mass Effect Legendary Edition, Metro Exodus (which just got a fancy PC visual upgrade) and more! Obviously, there’s no way I could list all the sales on offer here, but I’ve picked out some select deals that may that might pique your interest. You can check the list out, below.

The year's Steam Summer Sale will run for two weeks until July 9. During the sale, if you take on various tasks (browsing certain sections of the Steam website, ect.) you can earn an animated sticker and one of five unique badges. Personally, I’d take an additional discount on a game of my choice, but that’s just me.

So, any deals you have your eye on? I might finally jump into Hades following all the acclaim and I’m definitely curious about NieR Replicant. Oh, and if I could make a recommendation, you shouldn’t miss out on Crusader Kings III!

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Steam Summer Sale Goes Live; Includes New Minigame & Game Profiles

Twinfinite 24 June, 2021 - 12:49pm

The 2021 Steam Summer Sale has officially gone live, giving players a slew of amazing PC games at steeply discounted rates. Alongside all of these nice discounts, Steam is also introducing a minigame tie-in and game profiles.

Known as “Forge Your Fate,” the Steam Summer Sale adventure minigame features the following description.

Obviously you are a hero. Everyone says so. But what kind? This year’s summer sale is no ordinary deep discount super sale — you are about to face a gauntlet of short stories, each ending with a choice that will help classify what sort of hero you are.

Choose from two possible actions in each of the fourteen Forge Your Fate stories found throughout the sale and receive an animated sticker as a memento of your decision. Upon completing all of the stories, you’ll get one of five unique badges reflecting your choices.

So get choosing! All items must be claimed before July 8th, 2021 at 10AM PST, when the Summer Sale comes to an end.

Depending on the page you pick after this text, you’ll be taken to a specific genre of games that are heavily discounted. After you look through the selections, you have the option to continue your story. Doing gives you a number of choices that will unlock a special badge.

This ties into the Steam Points Shop update that does along with the event, netting some special profile bundles from various games.

Players can experience the Steam Summer Sale themselves now, running from June 24 to July 8. Be sure to let us know which of these great games you picked up or even which ones you really want to get in the comments section below.

Valve are making it harder to buy Steam games from other regions again

Rock Paper Shotgun 24 June, 2021 - 07:08am

Valve have reportedly added a new restriction on how often Steam users can change their account's country, in what appears to be another measure to stop people from buying cheaper games from other regions. According to SteamDB (a third-party tool that tracks Steam's goings-on), you can no longer update your country more than once every three months - perhaps a little unfair to anyone who actually does move to a new country each season, but it should help shut down more Steam users who're abusing the system.

Last year, Valve already made it harder to change your store country on Steam by requiring users to make a purchase from the country they claimed they were in with a payment method from said country. This made things difficult for people who use VPNs (virtual private networks that let you pretend you're browsing the internet in another country), because they could no longer say, "Hey Steam! I'm in France!" before whacking in some UK bank details.

For context, regional pricing on Steam is typically done so that games can be sold cheaper in lower-income countries. Users have tried to abuse this for ages - which I kinda understand, I can appreciate a good bargain hunt. However, this often means that publishers end up hiking prices for those lower-income regions, which sucks for the people who actually live there. Notably, this happened with Horizon Zero Dawn when it came to PC (it saw a 389% price increase in Argentina).

Interestingly, earlier this year Valve and a number of game publishers were fined by the European Commission for geo-blocking Steam keys in certain EU countries. While Valve might've meant well trying to keep prices low in certain areas, technically that's a bit naughty in Europe. The European Union's Digital Single Market rules require that everyone who lives in the EU should be able shop around and buy things from all other EU countries.

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New Steam restriction makes it even harder to buy games from other regions 24 June, 2021 - 01:25am

Steam has reportedly introduced a new restriction that will make it harder for users to purchase games from other regions.

As discovered by SteamDB, Valve has recently allegedly placed a limit on how often users can change their Steam account’s country. Users can now only switch regions every three months, in addition to requiring a payment method that is registered to whichever country a user is purchasing from.

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

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 has a regional pricing system that usually offers titles for different prices from country to country, based on the region’s economy and other elements. The new restriction is the latest measure Valve has put in place in order to prevent users from purchasing games at a cheaper price than what’s listed in their home country.

Last July, Valve added a limitation that made it harder for users to change store settings, by requiring purchases to be made using a “payment method from that country”. The company noted that “if your location differs from your current Steam account store setting you’ll have an option to change your store region”.

The change comes just ahead of the Steam Summer Sale 2021, which is reportedly set to kick off later today (June 24) at 10am PST. SteamDB previously noted that it also discovered a number of mystery cards that will go along with the sale.

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Valve Really Doesn't Want You Using VPNs To Get Cheaper Games

Kotaku 23 June, 2021 - 08:50pm

Any purchases users are making must also only be made using methods from the region you’ve currently got selected.

Why/how would users be doing this? Well, let’s say you’re in the US, and a game you’re interested in is $50. For someone in some European markets, that game might cost a lot more, and for someone in certain South American countries, it might cost a lot less.

As an example, here are the results of a study done by VPNPro back in January, looking at the average cost of a Steam game around the world. As you can see, what people in the US and Canada are paying is not what people in Brazil or Russia or India are paying.

This move comes a year after Valve first tried closing this pricing loophole, when they made buying things from different regions harder by forcing users to use a local payment method (so you couldn’t use an American credit card to buy a game in Poland, for example).

Steam is making it harder to get cheap games from other regions

PC Gamer 23 June, 2021 - 11:14am

It seems its previous measures still weren't enough.

Steam's regional pricing means the cost of a game often varies from country to country, depending on the cost of living and other factors. It's still up to the publisher to set a price, but regional pricing is largely intended to make buying games fairer to those who'd normally have to pay out the wazoo. Despite its intent, it's long been used by people looking to cop a game for cheaper than what they would pay in their home country.

As noted by SteamDB, the latest change means you can only change your Steam account's country once every three months. It's been an ongoing attempt by Valve to crack down on people exploiting cheaper prices in other countries. Last summer, life was made more difficult for VPN users when Steam began requiring a payment method registered at whatever country you were trying to buy from. Grabbing Half-Life from Argentina with a US credit card? No can do. 

It seems like a bit of an unnecessary addition considering how difficult it already is to change countries on the fly, but perhaps people were still easily circumventing the system. While it shouldn't affect most people—I can't imagine many are upping sticks to a different country over four times a year—it'll be a spanner in the works for determined bargain hunters.

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