Watch out: Valve has introduced regional restrictions to some gift purchases from Steam


Previously they stated, that any game (gift) which was bought in Steam Store will not have any regional restrictions to add to the library and play (it is well known that CD keys usually have various restrictions on activation and playing). Actually steam support still claims that gifts will not be region locked, but it is not true, there were several solid confirmations that restrictions exist.

Right now you should be aware of following gifts.

Max payne 3 Pre order 1 (CIS) – sub id 14524 The gift has following parameter in its cdr record:

onlyallowrunincountries = AM AZ BY GE KZ KG MD RU TJ TM UZ UA LV LT EE

which means it can not be runned outside CIS countries

Max payne 3 Pre order 1 (RU) – sub id 14623 with parameter

onlyallowrunincountries = RU

which means that it will be playable only inside Russia.

Also note, that there is another gift with the same name (Max payne 3 Pre order 1 (RU)), but different subscription id ([fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][4] 14100). It is not locked, but Max Payne 1 & 2 form this gift will contain russian language pack ONLY. It was available to purchase in Russia till 12 of May. From this moment only restricted version (sub 14524) is available for Russians.

Other region locked gifts:

Source: reddit

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  1. R3t4rd$

    Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania is in cis? LOOOLZ
    R3t4rd3d Americans. (I am not saying that all Americans are stupid)

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  2. PreLighter

    looks like im in CIS region :)
    I just hope they wont touch all games

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  3. rpsgc

    @Dyson that’s because Steam support is a bunch of incompetent drones and/or liars.

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  4. Dyson

    This has been an issue for people living in Japan for around 2 years now. It’s worse in that case though, as it’s not specific copies that are restricted. I’ve had games gifted from the US, UK and other countries that have all been restricted from launching from Japanese IP addresses. Each time, Steam support has denied that those blocks were in place.

    In the past, said blocks affected Fear 3, War in the North, Mafia 2, Duke Nukem Forever, and others that I’ve not had personal experience with. All of those, eventually had the blocks removed. It took less than a week for the block to be removed from Duke Forever, but over eight months for the block to be removed from Mafia 2, even after 2K had asked Valve to stop blocking retail copies (those remained blocked for the full eight months too). RIght now, Kingdoms of Amalur Reckoning is blocked. In that case too, Steam support were telling people that no such blocks were in placed when they were specifically asked about such blocks BEFORE the game was gifted to people in Japan.

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  5. Zuko

    no more cheaper games from RU

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