Digital PC retail giant Steam look like they may finally be adding the Australian dollar (AUD) into their store.
The news comes after an indie developer for the game War of the Overworld made a blog post onto Steam after they received word from Valve about regional price changes and new currencies hitting the storefront. In their post they stated that:
“Regional prices on Steam are advised by Valve, and yesterday we received an email informing us that they had updated their pricing matrix.
“The changes have introduced several new currencies into Steam’s systems to offer a better customer experience for these regions. They have also adjusted existing prices to better reflect the strength of those currencies against the US dollar, and the local purchasing power of those regions.”
“The following local currencies are now supported by Steam”
- Vietnamese Dong
- Ukrainian Hryvnia
- Australian Dollar
- Polish Zloty
- Argentine Peso
- Israeli New Shekel
- Kazakhstani Tenge
- Kuwaiti Dinar
- Qatari Rial
- Costa Rican Colon
This is fantastic news for Australian PC gamers because not only does it mean we will instantly know what price a game costs rather than doing a conversion every time, but it also seems like we may be getting better pricing overall. In the case of War of the Overworld, the game will now be priced at $34.95 AUD rather than $29.99 USD, which is a saving of roughly $4 after currency conversion.
Of course we don’t actually know when this change is going to be implemented but all signs point to sometime soon. As the developers of War of the Overworld themselves pointed out, Valve may be first sending these changes to developers before going through the official launch. In which case there is no specific mainframe for when we will start purchasing digital games in our very own dollarydoos.