Valve is operating several localized versions of its Steam Store just like Amazon is running multiple Amazon websites for certain regions and countries of the world. You can only buy games in the local Steam store, which sometimes is rather disappointing considering that you may find better offers in other Steam stores. I'm not only talking about making a bargain by buying a game for a cheaper price, but also about special offers that are limited to a specific Steam store or games that are available in languages that you prefer to play the games in.
Still, you can't really buy games in other Steam stores even though you can browse them online on the Steampowered website.I have revealed several options to bypass the limitation in how to buy Steam games from other regional stores, and gifting was the option of choice
Steam, as of right now, does not limit the gifting of games. This means that you can receive gifts from a gamer that has access to another store. If you do not know anyone in a particular region, you can instead create an account there using a VPN and gift the games to your main account this way. I have not checked if this is against the Steam TOS so make sure you do that to be on the safe side.
The Opera extension Steam Regional Prices has been designed to provide you with the means to quickly check up on the pricing of a particular game available on Steam in all Steam stores.
The extension will automatically convert the local currencies into the currency used on your local Steam store to make the comparison even easier. The example on the screenshot above for instance highlights that people from Russia pay almost 50% less than gamers from Australia for the same game. And even if you do not have a friend in Russia, you could still have one in the UK or US to gift you the game.
The second example highlights again a huge variance in pricing. Russia is first again, followed by the UK, US, EU countries and finally Australia. If you are living in the US, you could have a buddy from the UK gift you the game to save about $10 for it.
The Opera extensions works right out of the box on all article pages on Steam. It does not work on listing pages though, which means that you need to click through to display the game price listing.
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