Steam is one of the world’s top gaming distribution platforms which offers a very large gaming catalog and attracts millions of active gamers every month.
Unfortunately, some games are only available in certain geographical regions and have different prices depending on your country’s location.
This happens because Steam has in place strict geo-blocking measures for various reasons (e.g. smaller prices for poorer countries) in order to prevent gamers from abusing their service.
However, we do resonate with ardent players like you who simply want to buy and enjoy their favorite Steam games without limitations but oftentimes are shown the message This item is currently unavailable in your region.
Nonetheless, you can circumvent this barrier by using a VPN service that will assign you another IP address and will trick Steam into thinking you’re located in a different location from your current one.
You should also consider that Steam is not VPN-friendly at all; instead, it has a subscriber agreement by which you agree to abide by their rules and not use IP proxying or other methods to bypass geo-blocking.
As such, you need to proceed with caution if you want to use a VPN service either to simply bypass geo-blocking or to purchase games at lower prices.
How can I use a VPN to buy Steam games?
1. Set up the VPN service
- Pick a VPN service and get a subscription plan.
- Install and launch the VPN client on your device.
- Select a server in a country from which you want to buy Steam games.
- Connect to that server.
- Enjoy the best gaming deals and start playing.
If possible – for the best gaming experience – you should opt for a top premium VPN service since free plans usually offer only a limited number of servers to which you can connect and they also give you a limited and small amount of bandwidth.
In the above example, we showed you how you can set up Private Internet Access (PIA), as we consider this VPN service to be very reliable and a great option for the price-performance ratio.
Wit a PIA premium plan, you can enjoy the following features:
- 32,000+ servers in 101 locations across 78 countries.
- Up to ten devices connected simultaneously.
- No traffic or request logs.
- Dedicated IPs, private DNS servers, and SOCKS5 Proxy.
- Port forwarding, split tunneling, and kill switch.
- OpenVPN and WireGuard VPN protocols.
- 24/7 live chat support and a 30-day money-back guarantee.
2. Change your Steam store country
- Open Steam and go to the menu.
- Click on Account details, then go to Update store country.
- As you can see below, Steam no longer supports manual country store change.
- Go to the STORE, pick a game, add it to your cart and click on Purchase for myself.
- Select a PAYMENT METHOD and click Continue.
- Complete the payment and billing info by using a payment method issued in the new country.
- Select the new Country.
- Confirm your new country.
As you’ve already seen above, you now need to first make a purchase from the Steam store by using a payment method registered in the country you want to switch your store to in order to be able to change your country.
It’s not mandatory to be physically located in another country, as the platform might imply; as long as you’re able to provide a payment method issued in the new country, you should be fine.
In case you recently moved to a new country but don’t have a payment method yet, you can contact Steam Support and ask them to manually change the store region for you after you prove that you moved indeed to a new country.
Make sure to be properly connected to a VPN server in your country of choice, otherwise, the Steam platform won’t give you the option to switch countries since that is based on IP address, which will be changed by connecting to a VPN server.
You can also use Steam gift cards instead of a traditional payment method but unfortunately, they can only be activated/redeemed on Steam accounts with the same currency.
All things considered, we understand how much you want to play your favorite Steam games without restrictions regardless of where you’re located at the moment.
Unfortunately, Steam’s new regulations which strictly enforce its subscriber agreement will definitely make it harder for many to benefit from Steam’s regional pricing system which offers lower prices in countries with underdeveloped economies.
At the same time, we advise you to pay close attention to and be aware of the risk (account permanently suspended) you’re taking when using Steam on a VPN connection.
Moreover, we recommend – as a precautionary measure – that you create another Steam account to use with a VPN so that you won’t lose all your games in case you get banned.
We do hope, nonetheless, that there will be plenty of you out there who will be able to both successfully buy cheaper Steam games and play for free geo-restricted ones by using a VPN service, especially after applying the information presented here.