Steam is becoming the online gaming distribution system du jour, with big publishers flocking to sign their titles on to the download service. Such is the penetration that owner Valve software has indicated interest in distributing media content outside of games.
It's all rosy then -- if you live in the USA.
Steam users outside of North America have been on the receiving end of some pretty questionable treatment from the big publishers for a while now. Either games suffer a greatly marked up price outside ol' Uncle Sam, or are simply not available.