Region locking refers to making games available only to a select region. The popular gaming platform Steam distinguishes between three different region lock states.
If you are using a single store then you will never encounter any issues as the store is only displaying games to you that you can buy and play.
There are situations however where region-locking becomes an issue. As you may know, games on Steam may be priced different depending on which store you browse.
It is usually the case that games in the Russian store are cheaper than games in Europe or the US, which is why some gamers buy in the Russian store whenever games are available there for a cheaper price.
While that requires some research, game language comes to mind, it is usually not a problem unless you run into games that are region locked.
Probably the easiest way to find out about region locks on Steam is to use the Region Locks website.
Using the site is actually pretty easy.
Note: You can use a VPN to buy games that are purchase-locked on Steam, and you can use the same VPN to play them in your region if they are country-locked as well.
There is also a manual way of checking the information as Reddit user CyberMarco points out. All checks follow the same process regardless of whether they are region locked or not.
If the game is buy-locked or region-locked, it is stated here. All countries where it can be bought or played are listed here.
If the information are missing, it is not locked and can be purchased.
Finding out if games are region locked or buy locked can also be useful if you are trading games regularly on Steam, or have friends who live in other countries who you gift games with occasionally.
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