Valve decided to increase the advised price of the games on Steam in many territories. What does this mean? Basically, a table has been published with the new prices of medium-high-end games, which will serve as a reference for all the others. The increases affect all regions of the globe to some extent, but in some cases they seem to be truly gigantic.
For example, in Argentina the price of a game goes from 649.99 to 3800 Peso, with an increase of as much as 485%, while in Turkey from 92 to 510 Turkish Lira, with an increase of 454%. Increases also in Europe, with the recommended price in euros which goes from € 49.99 to € 58.99 (+ 18%), while that in pounds, therefore valid in the United Kingdom, which goes from 46.49 to 49.99 (+ 8%).
Let’s see the complete table:
Now, it should be noted that on Steam the recommended prices are not mandatory, as you may have noticed. In fact, some publishers have been publishing for some time and in total autonomy at the prices indicated by Valve (even higher, in some cases). Nonetheless, it is reasonable to expect that most of the medium-high-end market will adapt to the new indications, aimed at combating the effects of inflation, which have affected everyone.
The risks of these increases are obvious, first of all the potential return to massive reliance on piracy by those who will be forced to pay a lot more for every single game. Let’s hope it doesn’t really happen. However, when prices rise it is never good news.