STEAM users just realized that a price change could affect their gaming purchases.
Valve has announced new changes to the online storefront that could increase prices or remove games from the market.
The price changes apply to all games selling for $5 (£4) or less, which could result in fewer in-store bargains.
Steam adjusts prices to different regions based on the economy of the country where the games are sold.
Basically, in countries where the cost of living is lower, the prices for Steam games are also cheaper.
There has been a global economic crisis that has affected the value of various currencies around the world.
To compensate for this, adjustments were made at various price points around the world last October.
However, another change has been made that could result in prices going up or even some items being withdrawn from sale.
Games and expansions now have a minimum price of the equivalent of 99 cents (80 cents), while discounted games and DLCs must cost the equivalent of 49 cents (40 cents).
Steam is known for its huge discounts on games, with many games priced under the $1 mark.
The latest changes mean games are unlikely to be discounted as heavily to ensure they’re available in all regions.
This means that in countries with a stronger currency, the minimum threshold for games may be raised.
There won’t be any visible difference on the game store pages and you’ll likely still see huge discounts on popular games.
However, since prices are not expected to be as low as before, there could be an increase in spending on your overall gaming purchases.
Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.
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