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Can you use Steam and GOG overseas? Any PC gamers from the Philippines?

#1DC07301981Posted 2/16/2014 1:20:31 PM
Question for those that live outside the US...I might be moving to the Philippines by the end of the year and have some games from Steam and GOG. Can you still use them there? I have an American bank account with dollars in it but will probably be converting it to pesos and have no clue if Steam and GOG are supported there. Thanks in advance.
#2arleasPosted 2/16/2014 1:22:51 PM
I'm pretty sure Steam is supported there as I have friends on steam in the Philippines, not sure about GoG but I don't see why they wouldn't support it...

As for your games, I don't know what happens if you have games that aren't supposed to be sold in that territory and then you move there...
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#3DC07301981(Topic Creator)Posted 2/16/2014 1:28:06 PM
I was thinking the same thing too, like how would I use the games if they aren't available there. I tried Googling the answer but I can't find a good answer.
#4JKatarnPosted 2/16/2014 1:29:10 PM
From GoG's FAQ:

"7. What are your prices in different countries?

Our prices are always the same, worldwide. It doesn't matter whether you live in the sunny Bahamas (lucky you!) or some place where polar bears roam the streets, it's always the same price. Our company is based in Europe and VAT/tax is included in the games' prices. This means that GOG.com will always charge you the exact order total visible at checkout.However please be advised that we are based in Europe and have no control over your bank's additional international/card transaction fees (where applicable). Most banks don't charge their customers extra, but if you use funds already present on your PayPal account to buy games on GOG.com, you will be able to avoid any such additional costs."

This Steam forum thread seems relevant:

http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2019348

It seems like your current library will be unaffected, but you will probably be affected by game availability/pricing for the region you're residing in.
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#5DC07301981(Topic Creator)Posted 2/16/2014 1:31:14 PM
That's cool, thanks for the replies guys.
#6spud_almightyPosted 2/16/2014 1:35:54 PM
Go on the GOG forums and ask... the forums are there for a reason.
#7Golden_GonadsPosted 2/16/2014 3:11:53 PM
GOG is exactly the same worldwide. Steam has restrictions, different currencies and different prices depending on where you are.
#8TropicMoon10Posted 2/16/2014 3:15:35 PM
The best part is that Steam is always available in english no matter what country you're in (the currency changes obviously) which is great if you aren't familiar with foreign languages. I know from personal experience that Origin and uPlay don't let you change from your country's native language.
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#9JsReznorPosted 2/16/2014 3:24:45 PM
I went from Steam in the US to Australia. You have to change your region in the Steam settings to make purchases from that area. As Steam only accepts USD, you'll have to pay foreign transaction fees if you're not using dollars. They said they are expanding the currencies Steam accepts, but it hasn't happened yet.
#10thegreatsquarePosted 2/16/2014 3:50:28 PM(edited)
First of all, GoG is based in Europe, so it works overseas in America. As for Steam, I'm pretty sure it will work in the Philippines, though some game licenses might not.
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