Steam might just be making life harder for the gaming community as it might add up tax in its online game store.
It has just been reported that Australians will be paying more in taxes on their Steam purchases. This is due to the ten percent increase for the Goods and Services Tax. However, this tax increase is not just limited in Australia. Other countries like Japan, New Zealand, and Iceland can also experience this increase. There are also other reports that South Korea, South Africa and India will also be affected by this.
This has just been confirmed as Valve sends an email to all Steam game developers. It surely is very surprising to know that the players in these countries need to pay for more just to play their games.
Steam Product Prices Will Increase
According to PC Gamer, the tax will not be piled up at the moment of checkout. But will instead be added to the advertised price of the product on Steam. This is similar as to how VAT is treated in the European Union nations.
The unfortunate news doesn’t stop there as there is also a possibility that other places and countries will also soon face the tax increases in their Steam purchases. Starting this year, until 2018, there might be a few countries to be added to the group.
Ensuring Full and Strict Compliance
Valve might be doing all of these sudden changes now, to support the European Commission’s investigation processes in anti-competitive practices. What this means is that further efforts to pin down violators in providing region-locked activation keys are underway.
It is also one way for Valve to make sure that all of its game developers are in total compliance with all of their rules and policies.
With these, it is expected that the gaming community will not be pleased with this. This might also cause the decline of Steam’s popularity, which can then affect the gaming industry as a whole. There might be a shift from PC gaming to console gaming, which is then again, disastrous for the PC market.
Valve needs to be more cautious as to what its processes are. Yes, it is for the common good of all as it aims to follow the policies and rules. But it also has its own negative consequences, such as customer dissatisfaction. Hopefully, the gaming community will still accept this new implementation.