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Steam region locks PC games to block cheap purchases in wake of crashing Russian ruble

Steam region locks PC games to block cheap purchases in wake of crashing Russian ruble

The imploding Russian ruble may have forced the hand of another tech company.

It appears Valve has taken steps to prevent people from buying cheap versions of games from its Steam service in Russia, where the currency has reached all-time lows against the dollar in recent weeks.

According to Engadget and NeoGAF, users are reporting that games purchased in Russia are being “region locked” for the first time so they can’t be used elsewhere in the world. The move is apparently an attempt to prevent players from exploiting the low value of the ruble to buy games that might otherwise cost more than $40 for just a few bucks.

Yesterday, Apple shut down sales in its Russian online store because it was unable to adjust the prices of its gadgets fast enough in response to the tumbling ruble.

Apple designs and markets consumer electronics, computer software, and personal computers. The company’s best-known hardware products include the Macintosh line of computers, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad. Apple software includes t… read more »

Valve is an entertainment software and technology company founded in 1996 by Gabe Newell and Mike Harrington and based in Bellevue, Washington. The company became famous from it’s first game Half-Life. Valve currently develops and ma… read more »

Valve is the creator of Steam, the world’s largest online gaming platform. Steam turns any PC or Mac into a gaming powerhouse by providing instant access to a huge library of titles, and by automatically keeping a user’s games comp… read more »

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