The number of times you can change your account’s nationality on Steam has been limited by Valve.
Valve has been selling Steam titles at various pricing in various worldwide marketplaces, which inevitably leads to one conclusion. People in more affluent areas have been looking for ways to purchase less expensive video games. Of course, Valve is well aware of this and is secretly attempting to put a stop to it. Valve’s latest enforcement attempt, as found by SteamDB, is a limit on how often you can change the country of your Steam account.
In a further crack down on people buying games in cheaper regions, Valve added a limit on how often you can change your Steam account’s country.
Country may not be updated more than once every 3 months. Purchases can be completed using a payment method from your current region.
— Steam Database (@SteamDB) June 23, 2021
Steam users can now only change their nationality once every three months on their account. Furthermore, all purchases must be performed using only methods from the region that the user has chosen. This is best stated with an example: as a user in the United States, you want to purchase a $50 game. However, in some other European markets or in other South American countries, the game is less expensive. It could possibly be more expensive, but the main goal for users is to choose a lower-cost option.
VPNPro conducted a survey in January of this year to determine the average pricing of a game on Steam around the world. As the graphic demonstrates, people in the United States and Canada do not pay the same as persons in India, Brazil, or Russia. So, in many circumstances, a Steam user may be at a disadvantage due to local pricing and may choose to try to get a better bargain by transferring their account to a different country in order to deceive the storefront into allowing them to purchase their games there.
As Kotaku points out, the restrictions Valve has placed on how often you can move your nation are intended to prevent individuals from moving their account to another country to buy a game and then returning to play it, rather than simply leaving it in the cheaper country for good. When it comes to multiplayer games, as any gamer will tell you, using a VPN is horrible.
This new restriction to prevent customers from changing their account’s country comes a year after Valve attempted to fix the geographical pricing loophole for the first time. They made it more difficult to buy products from other locations by requiring consumers to utilize local payment methods – for example, you couldn’t buy a game in Poland with an American credit card.