I really like this coop game, now it’s super cheap with all DLCs! Go here. Since it’s Steam play it doesn’t matter if it says Linux on that page so don’t worry.
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.
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.
Here are the Weekend Deals for today. I will update this post if something new comes up!
All deals available here.
3% off voucher: UNPWR
Weekly Sale – featuring: Black Ops 3, Fallout 4 and more:
Dead Synchronicity: Tomorrow Comes Today €9.99 / £7.49 / $11.30
Here are the rest of offers from GamesPlanet!
3% off voucher: UNPWR
More deals here.
11bit studios sale:
Call of Juarez games on sale:
Thief games too:
I AM BREAD on sale :D
Disney games at last:
A lot of nice deals here, check it out:
Stardock Weekend (a must have game is Sins of a Solar Empire in coop!)
Wolfenstein games on sale too:
Some more deals here.
Mishmash Promo: Get The Falcon Collection, Two Worlds, Colonization and more!
Fallout 4 £27.98
22% off voucher: WINTER-ISCMNG-22PERC
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
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.
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, 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.
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.
Have a great New Year’s Eve and sorry for the lack of deals and news lately… coming back home after the weekend.
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.
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:
- Apple App Store
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.
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?
As you may know Rebellion has banned more than 7000 Steam keys for Sniper Elite 3. The studio said the keys were stolen, distributed to resellers and then sold without payments going to them or Steam.
However, according to distributor CJS CD Keys, the original message suggested that after receiving a refund, impacted gamers should re-buy the game on Steam at full price. CJS CD Keys claims that Rebellion revoked the keys not because they were stolen, but because it wants to maximize profits by forcing people away from discount resellers and make them buy it on Steam.
“While many game developers (and Steam themselves) will legitimately try to encourage users to stay away from re-sellers and buy directly on Steam at the full retail price, what Rebellion has done today is absolutely immoral,” … “They have banned legitimately purchased keys, legally owned by multiple online retailers and gamers worldwide, and covered their tracks by claiming that the keys were ‘stolen’.” – CJS CD Keys
Rebellion also posted a list of “licensed partners”, which is the full list of companies that get their keys directly from them for digital sale and are thus safe to buy from.
CJS pointed out that Steam key resellers generally don’t buy directly from developers, they buy boxed copies from authorized distributors and then resell the included keys; scan the keys on their behalf, saving the cost of shipping.
Rebellion offered a free copy of the Target Hitler DLC to make up for the hassle. The free “Target Hitler” DLC offer is good until July 4.
“Welcome to the Roman circus!” It is actually funny on how the developers react to gamers pointing out the bad pricing. Read below.
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:
And here is the 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.
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:
This is not cool. That is all. You can continue to discuss this matter on our forum on Steam.