If there’s one thing that annoys me more than long lines, its having to jump through a thousand hoops to get my internet or gaming business done. That said I’ve recently found myself jumping through hoops for Steam.
As it turns out, you can’t purchase games through Steam with a Debit or Credit Card that is registered in another country than that which you are buying from. This makes it incredibly difficult to purchase games or gifts while you are away on a vacation or out of your country of residence for whatever reason. What happens is, Steam uses your IP address to figure out your location, so obviously if you’re using an internet connection in a country other than your own, they’ll know about it. Hence prices will change, currencies will change and most importantly the Debit and Credit Cards you’re allowed to use in said location, change. So for example, if your Card is registered say, in the UK and you go in the US for the holidays, you won’t be able to purchase your games while in the US with said UK registered Card.
Well, after about one hour of head scratching and googling I found a little trick/solution that deserves to be shared.
I’ve figured out that in order to get past this you’d normally have to contact Steam support and get them to let you use your Card in a different location than that where you live. While this could be a good solution, most of us do our shopping in the last few minutes of a Steam sale or just a few minutes before we have to hand out gifts to friends and family. So this solution is out of the question.
Finally let me get to the good part. For those of us that want their gaming satisfied NOW and can’t wait for Steam support to get back to us, there’s an easier alternative.
Essentially what needs to happen is you have to go to the Steam store with the appropriate country code or CC. What you have to do is, in a web browser, go on the Steam website and log in with your credentials. Once that’s done, edit and use the following link to get to the Steam store of your desired country, http://store.steampowered.com/?cc=XX
Note that in the link the XX indicate the country code that you wish to use. So for example for US the link would be http://store.steampowered.com/?cc=US and for UK the link would be http://store.steampowered.com/?cc=UK and so on.
Essentially the link needs to be http://store.steampowered.com/?cc=[desired country code].
Personally I needed to use and used http://store.steampowered.com/?cc=BE to access the Belgian Store.
If you still don’t get it, here’s some country codes for some more countries out there:
United States: ?cc=US
United Kingdom: ?cc=UK
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