Valve divides Europe

If you’ve been reading the Steam forums or our forums lately you probably noticed that right now Valve divided Europe into some crazy 3 different zones.

Our friend Rhonin the wizard calls them tiers so lets just keep it that way.

So what’s it all about? It’s pretty simple, right now if you live in: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Netherlands, Sweden or Switzerland you’re paying the most in the Steam Store. You’re in Tier 1.

If you’re from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain or the Vatican City you’re paying a little bit less then the previous Tier. You’re in Tier 2.

And finally if you’re from Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania you’re paying the least for the games on Steam. You’re in Tier 3.

Here’s an example:

Team Fortress 2
Tier 1: 19,99€
Tier 2: 14,99€
Tier 3: 11,99€

More examples here.

Note: This conversion involves Valve games only!

United Kingdom is NOT on the list because UK has pounds as their currency, and apparently for Valve UK is not a part of Europe or the European Union.

What do you guys think about it? Is it better now, is it fair at all? Or is it totally wrong? I personally think that right now it’s even worse than it was before, they divided European Union/Europe like some countries are “worse” than others.

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  1. Obviously it’s total bullshit, until we pay the same prices as the US citizens do.

    This is exactly why I’m looking out for 3rd party steam-key sellers now.

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  2. yeay!!! I’m from elitist Ireland – shut up Greece, shut Italy… yeah and you can double shut up Lithuania !!! hehe (it’s a joke)

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  3. This is f***ing bulls**t. I hate you, Valve, trying to make even more stupid barriers of trade, even inside the EU. You think “Free Trade” means only that corporations can fuck their employees over by switching to the cheapest places? Well, Valve should THINK AGAIN:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Directive_on_services_in_the_internal_market#Business_Obligations_and_Benefits

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  4. …they divided European Union/Europe like some countries are “worse” than others.
    And sadly, they’re right. Still, this is a stupid move, customers in tier 1 will hate them even more. Switch back to the good old $ system!

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  5. #16 – you’re also right, there’s lots of mistakes, but when corrected it might be fair. Because really, I’m pretty Lithuanian/Latvian/Estonian are wealthier than Albanians which are for unknown reasons in tier 1. (The same applies for Macedonia)

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  6. yeah spit them all up like the jews and the nazis

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  7. #13 is right, alright !

    1) But why americans/english pay the same price as Lithuanians ? USA and UK are not that poor last time I checked. Is it some kind of US arrogance or what ?!

    2) Then, what happens to poors in a rich country ? “too bad you’re in the wrong country, it’s full price here” ? Ok we’re not in Saudi Arabia/Alger where there’s a big gap between rich and poor, but I hope Valve set some limits to this system.

    By the way, Valve decide to adjust their prices on “unknown” wealth data (why not after all ?), but Steam still bow dow to the $1=1€ EA Games policy, where’s the coherence ?

    ps : didn’t knew Macedonia and Albania were that rich, their HDI is similar or below tier 2 countries like Romania, but they’re in tier 1.

    ps² : Norway, 2nd highest HDI or GDP in the world, tier 2. hu ?

    Same with Italy and Spain being in tier 2, they changed since WW2, Valve should get new economy books (or just read IMF/World Bank reports on Wikipedia).

    Well, Valve tried something new, but Steam didn’t change at all, same $1=1€.

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