Finally, Steam is making a move to make buying games easy and reasonable for those of us in Pakistan. In a recent email sent out to developers, steam has asked them to come up with pricing in 10 new currencies and discounted USD pricing for the South Asian region including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan.
As part of our continuing efforts to make Steam better for players around the world, we are now accepting game pricing in 10 new currencies and 1 new region. Please enter pricing for the following new currencies with launch planned for later this year:
• Argentinian Peso (ARS)
• Costa Rican Colón (CRC)
• Israeli New Shekel (ILS)
• Kazakhstani Tenge (KZT)
• Kuwaiti Dinar (KWD)
• Polish Zloty (PLN)*
• Qatari Rial (QAR)
• Ukrainian Hryvnia (UAH)
• Uruguayan Peso (UYU)
• Vietnamese Dong (VND)
• South Asian Pricing Region (USD discounted pricing for Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka)
In addition to offering local currency pricing in more countries, players in these countries will also be able to use a variety of previously unavailable payment methods. With this update, Steam will support a total of 39 currencies and 80 payment methods, giving your games truly global reach.
Pricing should be entered as soon as possible, with display of these new currencies scheduled to go live in time for our 2017 Autumn and Winter Sales. To enter pricing, sign in to the Steamworks Developer Site and select Pricing from the Apps & Packages drop-down. You will see green-colored recommendations filled in for new currencies, based on your selected USD base price. These recommended prices can be accepted or adjusted at your discretion. As a reminder, if you do not have pricing entered for a country after a local currency is set live on the Steam storefront, your game will be unavailable for sale in that country.
We have also updated our recommended pricing matrix for new and existing currencies. Our goal is to update these recommendations annually, so as to better help developers succeed in markets worldwide. Pricing decisions on Steam are entirely in the hands of you the developer, and we encourage you to always do what’s best for your players. You can find more information and suggested best practices in the Steamworks Pricing Documentation.
*PLN pricing is specific to Poland, but as always any game licenses purchased within an EEA country (either directly or as a gift) can be redeemed by any user within the EEA.
Looking at the average income of someone in Pakistan, it would make really difficult for one to buy new AAA games at the full price of 60$ here. By introducing the discounted price to games, Steam is not only helping out the gamers here with reasonable pricing but with this, we might also see a decrease in the pirating of games.
However, it will take some time before most of the catalog sees a price drop in these regions, which can take up to 6-8 months. However, in the email, Steam encourages the developers to have the new prices listed for their 2017 Autumn and Winter Sales. As of now, thanks to the PakGamer Forum members, we have 12 confirmed games with a price drop.
Games with confirmed discounted price:
Lords of the Fallen – From 29.99 to 10.49 USD
WWE 2K18 – 49.99 to 19.99 USD
Shadow of War – From 59.99 to 29.99 USD
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice From 29.99 to 10.49 USD
Darksiders 2 Deathinitive Edition From 29.99 to 10.49 USD
Darksiders Warmastered Edition From 19.99 to 9.99 USD
Redemption: Saints And Sinners From 1.99 to 1.29 USD
RWBY Grim Ecplipse From 19.99 to 8.19 USD
Plastiland From 7.99 to 4.49 USD
Dying Light From 39.99 to 19.99 USD
Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 From 29.99 to 10.49 USD
Sniper Ghost Warrior 2 From 9.99 to 5.49 USD