Origin Access now available in Europe!

Origin Access, the PC version of EA’s subscriber service, is now available in Europe. It’s a really nice offer especially if you just want to play some Battlefield 4 or Dragon Age: Inquisition for like a month and then just cancel the subscription.

Origin Access

The monthly fee is approximately €4 and includes access to The Vault. There are 15 games in The Vault at present including titles from the Battlefield, Dragon Age and Dead Space franchises. The membership also gives you access to betas, unreleased things and 10% off discount for any Origin purchase!

No annual subscription option has been offered as yet.

By | 2016-10-14T13:49:05+00:00 January 27th 15:08, 2016|Categories: Deals, Games, News, Steam Alternatives|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

Weekend Deals (24.10.2015)

Here are the Weekend Deals for today. I will update this post if something new comes up!

GamesRocketWeekend

Knights of Pen & Paper + 1 Edition 2.49

Silent Hunter 5 : Battle of the Atlantic – Collector Edition €2.49

THIEF €7.49

Edna & Harvey – The Breakout €2.95

Broforce €8.95

Call of Juarez Gunslinger €3.95

All deals available here.

G2AWeekend

3% off voucher: UNPWR

Weekly Sale – featuring: Black Ops 3, Fallout 4 and more:

Weekly Sale on G2A

GamesPlanetWeekend

Dead Synchronicity: Tomorrow Comes Today €9.99 / £7.49 / $11.30

Dead Deal

Here are the rest of offers from GamesPlanet!

KinguinWeekend

3% off voucher: UNPWR

Demolition Weekend

Demolition Weekend

More deals here.

GamesRepublicWeekend

11bit studios sale:

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Call of Juarez games on sale:

Ubisoft

Thief games too:

THIEF

I AM BREAD on sale :D

Sims

Disney games at last:

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GamersGateWeekend

A lot of nice deals here, check it out:

Stardock Weekend (a must have game is Sins of a Solar Empire in coop!)

Stardock Weekend

Wolfenstein games on sale too:

Big-Wolfenstein-GG

Some more deals here.

GOGWeekend

Mishmash Promo: Get The Falcon Collection, Two Worlds, Colonization and more!

DLGAMERWeekend

Guild Wars 2 : Heart Of Thorns US $39.99

CJSWeekend

Fallout 4 £27.98

GMGWeekend

22% off voucher: WINTER-ISCMNG-22PERC

Couple of deals here. Including earlier mentioned GTA V deal (little over €31!).

By | 2016-10-14T13:49:27+00:00 October 24th 19:24, 2015|Categories: Deals, Games, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

EU targeting Geo-Blocking and Territorial Restrictions.

Today the EU Commission released a paper outlining the Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe. One of the points addressed is the “preventing of unjustified geo-blocking”.

With other words. The EU commission is planning to ban online territory restriction inside the EU. Many of us have been victim of IP based racism in the past. Like not being able to purchase a game at a lower price in an other country online store, or even prevented from buying a game at all because it’s not available in your location.

  • 74% of the complaints received by the European Consumer Centers Network regarding price differences or other geographical discrimination faced by consumers relate to online cross-border purchases.

These restriction don’t exist in EU when buying goods physically or in person, only in the online world. The EU commission it working to ban these hostile customer practices by releasing a first bill draft early 2016.

This would allow UK gamers legally to purchase a game in an other EU country online store if it’s not available in theirs, for example because of region blocking and lack of distribution rights.
A French gamer could opt to buy a game in the Polish EA online store, if it’s sold there cheaper than in his home country online store. Other example include Video on Demand services like Netflix. That is available in some EU countries but not all of them, and then often with different content.

Other points discussed in the paper are too strict copyright laws and ensuring affordable, high-quality cross-border delivery services to promote cross-border online sales.

  • For companies that currently do not sell online but are trying to do so, 62% say the fact that delivery costs are too high is a problem.
  • Listed tariffs for cross-border parcel delivery charged by national postal operators are estimated to be two to five times higher than domestic prices.

You can read full paper here,

COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN
PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL
COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS

A Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe

English ; German ; French

By | 2016-10-14T13:49:53+00:00 May 6th 22:50, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

Will You Be My Valentine – ends in 12 hours!

Last chance to win Evolve and loads of gift cards thanks to G2A guys! Enter here and participate in the giveaway, tell your friends. The giveaway ends on midnight!

Remember to leave your proper e-mail address at your account settings if you are logging in with Steam, Facebook etc. because all prizes will be sent to their winners directly by G2A.com that’s why we need e-mail addresses to be correct – private messages on site won’t work this time.

Will-You-Be-My-Valentine

What can you win? Here is the list of prizes:

  • Evolve x 3
  • 10€ G2A Gift Cards x 5
  • 1€ G2A Gift Cards x 500

Refunds are coming to Steam whether Valve likes it or not!

Refunds are coming to Steam, it’s not up to Valve anymore! European Union consumer rights directive is now in effect.

You can request a refund for all digital sales in 14 days without questions if you live in European Union. This also means consumer protection is likely to spread across other countries like the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand.

EU EUROS 2

Just imagine, all the people who bought crappy games earlier could have reutrned them back – instead of being made upset. Call of Duty lied about dedicated servers, DayZ lies about being in a playable and testable state, and Colonial Marines lied about almost everything. All of those new games would have rightly suffered monetarily.

This is great guys, we might have higher prices in 2015 but at least if it’s shit we can give it back! Check back either on that reddit post or our site for more info soon.

Have a great New Year’s Eve and sorry for the lack of deals and news lately… coming back home after the weekend.

Steam will most likely raise prices in Europe on the 1/1/2015

The new European Union legislation takes effect in January 2015.

It is forcing online services like Steam, Origin, Uplay, Netflix, Spotify (which is simply amazing!), Amazon and others to pay taxes to the country where the user buys the product or service from instead of where the company is.

European Union flag

Valve has their European headquarters in Luxemburg where the taxes are 3% or even lower due to a tax agreement (for more info check out Luxleaks), now from January 2015 if you try to buy something from lets say Denmark then Valve will need to pay 25% tax, which gives them a lower profit margin and thereby a reason to set higher pricing even when EU1 is around 25% more expensive than US.

Due to the difference of the tax amounts in different countries this might also force Valve to do more regions, where maybe some of them are only populated by 1 country, this might also make them add several other currencies they don’t use at the moment.

The following services seem to be confirmed to raise their pricing:

  • Amazon
  • Netflix
  • Apple App Store

Source: reddit/r/steam

Steam went full retard, all games are now region locked

Just like with the sudden currency change 6 years ago, right before the winter holiday season, now Steam decided to region lock ALL games in the catalog. So if you wanted to exchange gifts with your friends from around the world guess what? Look for Steam Alternatives because you won’t be able to, especially if you’re lets say from Europe or Australia and want to game swap with Russians or Asians.

GabenSanta

Here’s a nice info from reddit:

Valve took the effect of AllowCrossRegionTradingAndGifting=No and applied it to everything. Every gift from these regions is now restricted, regardless of publisher settings: Russia/CIS Southeast Asia South America Turkey

This pretty much kills trading altogether.

Where is your Gaben now?

Steam: Qvadriga pricing in Europe is a joke!

“Welcome to the Roman circus!”  It is actually funny on how the developers react to gamers pointing out the bad pricing. Read below.

Qvadriga pricing in Europe is a joke

One of our members (X37) pointed out to the game developers on the official discussion forum that the pricing is bad for Europe (as usual..) and that they should use the correct conversion. Here’s a screenshot in case it gets taken down:

X37

And here is the response:

Response

I mean.. really? This is how you respond to customers? Just because everyone else has a shitty conversion doesn’t mean you have to. We all know by now that Steam sets the price to 1:1 automatically and the developer can change that to even it out and make it fair just like the devs from Tripwire Interactive said few weeks ago.

X372

Then the developer started to cover himself with VAT tax in Europe (we all know that VAT is here usually around 23% and this does not mean the price should be THAT high at all, just even the shit out!) and closed the thread with this:

Response2

This is not cool. That is all. You can continue to discuss this matter on our forum on Steam.

By | 2016-10-14T13:50:49+00:00 July 1st 23:58, 2014|Categories: News, RAGE NEWS!!!1|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments
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