Steam, the biggest online gaming platform for PC, is adding region specific pricing and support for local currencies for quite a few Asian countries including Pakistan. The official statement from Steam is as follows:
As part of our continuing efforts to make Steam better for players around the world, we are now accepting game pricing in 10 new currencies and 1 new region. Please enter pricing for the following new currencies with launch planned for later this year:
• Argentinian Peso (ARS)
• Costa Rican Colón (CRC)
• Israeli New Shekel (ILS)
• Kazakhstani Tenge (KZT)
• Kuwaiti Dinar (KWD)
• Polish Zloty (PLN)*
• Qatari Rial (QAR)
• Ukrainian Hryvnia (UAH)
• Uruguayan Peso (UYU)
• Vietnamese Dong (VND)
• South Asian Pricing Region (USD discounted pricing for Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka)
In addition to offering local currency pricing in more countries, players in these countries will also be able to use a variety of previously unavailable payment methods. With this update, Steam will support a total of 39 currencies and 80 payment methods, giving your games truly global reach.
Pricing should be entered as soon as possible, with display of these new currencies scheduled to go live in time for our 2017 Autumn and Winter Sales. To enter pricing, sign in to the Steamworks Developer Site and select Pricing from the Apps & Packages drop-down. You will see green-colored recommendations filled in for new currencies, based on your selected USD base price. These recommended prices can be accepted or adjusted at your discretion. As a reminder, if you do not have pricing entered for a country after a local currency is set live on the Steam storefront, your game will be unavailable for sale in that country.
We have also updated our recommended pricing matrix for new and existing currencies. Our goal is to update these recommendations annually, so as to better help developers succeed in markets worldwide. Pricing decisions on Steam are entirely in the hands of you the developer, and we encourage you to always do what’s best for your players. You can find more information and suggested best practices in the Steamworks Pricing Documentation.
*PLN pricing is specific to Poland, but as always any game licenses purchased within an EEA country (either directly or as a gift) can be redeemed by any user within the EEA.
For Pakistani players, what this means is that we can expect to see discounted prices for our region on many games in the Steam catalog. While we won’t have lowered prices for all games, we can expect them for a huge variety of popular AAA titles
Some of the confirmed prices drops can be seen at the links below:
Lords of the Fallen – From 29.99 to 10.49 USD (Link :- Lords Of The Fallen™ on Steam)
WWE 2K18 – 49.99 to 19.99 USD (Link :- Pre-purchase WWE 2K18 on Steam)
Shadow of War – From 59.99 to 29.99 USD (Link :- Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice on Steam)
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice From 29.99 to 10.49 USD (Link :- Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice on Steam)
Darksiders 2 Deathinitive Edition From 29.99 to 10.49 USD (Link :- http://store.steampowered.com/app/38…itive_Edition/)
Darksiders Warmastered Edition From 19.99 to 9.99 USD (Link :- http://store.steampowered.com/app/46…tered_Edition/)
Redemption: Saints And Sinners From 1.99 to 1.29 USD (Link :- http://store.steampowered.com/app/36…s_And_Sinners/)
RWBY Grim Ecplipse From 19.99 to 8.19 USD (Link :- http://store.steampowered.com/app/41…Grimm_Eclipse/)
Plastiland From 7.99 to 4.49 USD (Link :- http://store.steampowered.com/app/421880/Plastiland/)
Dying Light From 39.99 to 19.99 USD (Link :- http://store.steampowered.com/app/239140/Dying_Light/)
Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 From 29.99 to 10.49 USD (Link :- http://store.steampowered.com/app/36…ost_Warrior_3/)
Sniper Ghost Warrior 2 From 9.99 to 5.49 USD (Link :- http://store.steampowered.com/app/34…ost_Warrior_2/)
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds From 29.99 to 10.49 USD
It is likely that more games will added along the line but meanwhile, this is still excellent news as Pakistan can have region free games at a fraction of the actual prices. This is a huge step forward by Steam for the Asia region.
You can check if the prices have been dropped for the Pakistan region by adding “?cc=PK” to the end of the Steam URL (this can be done to compare to other regions with the respective code).