Gaming Irresponsibly reports on a european Steam user who is accusing the gaming giant of legal wrong-doing.
Honestly though.... this happens everywhere. Seriously. PS Vita, console games (UK pays £5 more than US), the 3DS at first. In fact, almost everything.
Pricing is regional, and there are different taxes in different countries in the EU so I'm not entirely sure how this would even work.
Hi guys, his inclusion of US prices is a non-argument as American pricing is not in the jurisdiction of EU law, the only place where has a case is that Steam prevent people from European Mainland from buying games off Steam UK, that is against the law. It is legally prohibited that a retailer or supplier can prevent any EU citizen from accessing and buying from an EU store, be it online or brick and motar. He needs to forget about the US dollar pricing, nothing can be done about that. He needs to concentrate on the fact that Valve will not let EU citizens access sites intended by them for people in other regions of the EU which is against the law. While Valve is allowed to charge more or less on the UK Steam platform than on the EU Steam platform, it cannot stop people from the UK buying from the EU Steam if it is cheaper and vice versa.
You bring up a valid point, but is the laws of EU the same for all countries? Meaning, let say for the sake of it a game is illegal in one country, but not in another. Is it then legal for the person residing in the country barred from the game to buy it? ... and would it be legal for Valve to sell it in such a manner when they have a presence in that country?
Good question, for that I do not have the answer I am afraid to say. I know games have been banned in some EU nations but not others so it would be really difficult for those bans to be enforced. In short, no idea sorry. :(
also, ps3 in us $250, while in eu it's Eur250. those are the official prices. In malta it sells for 350euro :/ -edit and we're in the EU
Yeh true. Its like on consoles with content they charge same price as the US dollor to the pound.
Person hears a guy is suing MS, so they try to sue Valve
Will you sue Sony, Microsoft and Blizzard also? :) - Please do it properly if you even consider this.
I'm from the UK, I'm used to paying too much for my products.
ain't it the truth :(
Taxes are different, standard of living is different, laws and currency values are different in different regions. It's ridiculous to expect the average consumer in Rio de Janero to be able to afford the same game as a UK consumer at the same price.
companies say piracy is destroying the industry but perhaps its greed from these very same companies. Every product in the uk is at minimum a quarter more expensive than the america. Anyone remember the horrendous kinect pricing $120 in america and £120 in the uk. Seriously WTF people try to defend these obviously large grey margins saying they're taxes I say its just most of it is profit.
I guess, you're also running an international business?
Steam really shouldn't do shit like this, they should at least try to do proper amounts of cash per item based on exchange rate and what not. I love valve to death and steam too but I can't be happy if gaming brothers in other parts of the world are getting shittier service than I do
steam really shouldnt make games $5 when there still $50 on console, but u know what... someone is always going to complain... even against one of the most generous companies out there.
Pretty sure Valve doesn't set the pricing for the third party stuff on Steam. It's the publishers.
The problem being is that the pricing is set through the specific publishers.
it happens everywhere funny my country has the strongest currency yet I pay the same as the US and EU do
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