Steam store rand support is here with cheaper digital games

Valve has launched support for the rand in Steam, its online store for video games and software.

The company told its South African customers in an e-mail last week that it would support the rand soon.

It warned that if your Steam wallet has money in it on 10 November 2015, your US dollar balance will be converted into rand at the relevant market value exchange rate.

Rumours that Steam would sell video games in rand surfaced earlier this year when the Steam Database discovered ten new currencies within a beta build of the software.

Issues

PayPal is not currently a supported payment option for South Africa now, though. Visa and MasterCard credit cards, WebMoney, and Skrill/Moneybookers still appear to be supported.

It is also not possible to switch back to paying in US dollars, said Valve.

VAT is still not denoted separately on the invoice when you buy games, but Steam continues to display the message “VAT included in all prices where applicable” on product listings and at checkout.

Steam purchase with South African Rand - no VAT on invoice
Steam purchase with South African rand – no VAT on invoice

After the switch to rand, there are also a number of games that are no longer available for purchase in South Africa.

Valve said this should be temporary, and that games should be available as soon as they are priced in ZAR.

“No changes have been made to the contents of your library. All of the languages and features in the games that existed when the store was priced in USD are still available.”

The table below shows a comparison between US prices converted to rand using the current exchange rate (R14.26 per dollar), and the new rand prices listed on Steam.

Game (normal price) USD ZAR
Fallout 4 $59.99 (R855) R799
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate $59.99 (R855) R599
Grand Theft Auto V $59.99 (R855) R589
Football Manager 2016 $49.99 (R713) R489
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor $49.99 (R713) R489
Talos Principle $39.99 (R571) R409
Stasis Deluxe Edition $36.99 (R527) R349
Stasis $24.99 (R356) R249
Broforce $14.99 (R213) R159
Game (on promotion) USD ZAR
Grand Theft Auto V (33% off) $40.19 (R573) R394.63
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (66% off) $16.99 (R242) R166.26
Talos Principle (66% off) $13.59 (R194) R139.06
Broforce (33% off) $10.04 (R143) R106.53
R/$ = R14.26

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