Did it ever occur to you that a player taking shots at you in an online game of Counter Strike could have paid less to join the skirmish? In fact, did you know that there is a dedicated website called “Steam Regional Price Checker” that shows differences in pricing?
Prices on Steam vary depending on the region. But don’t blame the platform itself. Game developers themselves charge different prices in different countries and regions. Call it market skimming, blame it on exchange rates, try and reason it in the context of varying purchasing power.
Whatever the case may be, you are probably unaware that you could be shaving off a few dollars with every Steam purchase, rather easily. Here’s how:
Use a VPN
A Virtual Private Network, or VPN for short, is a network of servers that can be used to mask your real IP and make it seem as if you were accessing online services from a different location than your own. Basically, once you log on to a VPN, the traffic between your ISP and the online service you are trying to access – in this case, Steam – will be rerouted through a VPN server, losing your original IP and replacing it with a virtual one in the process.
In layman’s terms, if I connect through a US server, it will look as if I were browsing the internet from the US.
Here’s What You Should Do
- Download and Install a VPN (we’ll have a few suggestions down below)
- Find the game you want to play and check the prices in different regions
- Use the VPN to connect to a server in a country where the game is cheapest
And you’re done!
Which VPN Should You Choose
When picking a VPN for Steam, one should have the following considerations in mind:
- Fast Connections: You definitely don’t want to be left frozen as bullets whiz by. A fast VPN will ensure that your connection is smooth, free from lags and disconnections.
- Unlimited bandwidth: You don’t want to be thrown out of a game just because your VPN service has put a cap on your consumption
- Vast Network & Unlimited Server Switches: As you will be hunting for cheaper prices around the work, it is important to choose a VPN service whose network covers a wide range of countries. Additionally, you should be able to switch servers as many times as you want.
With this in mind, here are our recommendations
#1 – NordVPN
NordVPN comes with an impressive array of security features. Its global reach is by no means extraordinary, but it covers all the major markets in the world. What’s more, the service has a mind-bending number of servers – more than 4400 – meaning that the risk of Steam catching you using a VPN (through shared IPs) is low.
#2 – BulletVPN
BulletVPN is the fastest VPN we’ve tested so far, meaning that you wouldn’t have to worry about any lags. The drop in speed using BulletVPN was almost negligible compared to the other services. The service also covers 29 countries with 47 servers, has top-notch encryption and offers an unbeatable 30-day money back guarantee period.
#3 – ExpressVPN
ExpressVPN is one of the most highly regarded services out there. It is one of the few services that offer split tunneling. Split tunneling means that the service is able to route some of your traffic through one of its servers while the rest stays intact. This means that you would be able to access Steam using a virtual IP without losing the ability to access local content.
Before we let you go we wanted to mention another benefit of using VPNs to access Steam. Aside from saving some money, Steam occasionally sets different release dates for games for different country. If you have a VPN, you won’t have to wait!