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[VR-Z]Valve Inflicts European Gamers with $1 = €1 Equation

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At the time of preparing this report, US $1.42 makes a Euro. Here's what Valve seems to be pricing its games and those of its affiliates on the Steam platform as: $1 = €1, ignoring exchange rates, meaning that if a product costs say $20 on Steam, you will be charged €20 (approximately $27.86), if you are buying from the EU. Several game titles have been priced in this fashion. Call of Duty 4, priced at US $49.99 ($59.4 after applicable taxes) is tagged at €49,99 ($70 before applicable taxes).

In reaction to this, disgruntled European gamers have started protesting this move by Valve on online forums, an example of which can be found on Valve's own Steam Users' Forums. Also found on the same board is a user group named 1€ ≠ 1$. Certain groups have even started reporting this to the European Commission Consumer Cell. The gamers allege that they have been given a largely unfair pricing scheme with products on the Steam platform, that violates trade laws. The Steam platform serves gamers from around the world with a common platform to purchase games, and coordinates multiplayer gaming and updates. An unhappy consumer base from one of the largest markets in the world could certainly impact on its revenues.

http://forums.vr-zone.com/showthread.php?t=368836
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I understand that you are getting jipped here, but they can charge you what they want, as they are the one selling it. go else where or get stuck paying the bill.. no offense to any euros here.
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Ouch.
Valve must be using the new math.
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lol... If they are unhappy with the prices, DON'T BUY THE GAME!
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I joined the 1€ ≠ 1$ Steam group even though I live in Canada. The idea of charging $70 for a $50 game is just stupid.
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I see why they are doing it, but it isn't worth it.
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Steam is crap anyway. I only buy games on it to get them quickly. Once I get the game, I take the CD key from it, uninstall it from steam, and get the disc image from the retail version and install it with my purchased CD key.
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lol... If they are unhappy with the prices, DON'T BUY THE GAME!
That is fair enough, but it still doesn't make it right.
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If I know Valve they will either change their ways or give a perfectly legitimate explanation of why they're choosing not to. At least I hope so.
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Steam is crap anyway. I only buy games on it to get them quickly. Once I get the game, I take the CD key from it, uninstall it from steam, and get the disc image from the retail version and install it with my purchased CD key.
You kidding me.. that's harsh.. steam is free DRM for EA games.. and that's way too much trouble just to show how much you think steam is crap.. you're dead wrong.. where we be if it were not for steam? we'd be guzzlin DRM down our throats..
it's steam or EA..
    
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