Steam Games Are About To Get More Expensive In Australia

In an email sent out to developers, Steam has confirmed it will be adding the 10 per cent Goods and Services Tax to all purchases made in Australia in July. The end result? Steam games will almost certainly become more expensive in Australia.

It's part of a roll out across multiple different countries. Starting in March, for example, Steam will be adding sales to taxes to Switzerland, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Iceland, South Africa, and India.

Australia's rollout is slated for July.

According to the email sent from Steam:

The VAT tax amount will be included in the advertised price of your product, just like VAT is currently treated in the EU. This means the customer will pay the price displayed on the storefront, and the tax will be separated out afterwards.

It is possible that publishers will adjust Steam pricing to match retail pricing of PC games, but unlikely. The end result of this move: Australians will almost certainly be paying more for video games on Steam, 10% more.

Buying Steam games was already pricy for Australians, it's now about to get worse. The only possible silver lining: will localised pricing in Australian dollars come next? We've reached out to Valve to ask if that's the case. We'll update if we hear back.

This article originally appeared on Kotaku.


Comments

    sigh.

    I don't mind the tax if the other Aussie tax developers/publishers charged went away.

    Eh! I don't buy my games through Steam in the first place, I buy them elsewhere and add them to Steam later.

    Steam Games Are About To Get More Expensive In AustraliaSteam games are already more expensive in Australia.

    So much for the free trade agreement with Japan..

    I don't remember the last time I bought a game directly from Steam; I've been using G2A for a long while now.

    It's not just steam games. It's everything from overseas.

    You buy from Amazon, you will pay sales tax. Your game need a monthly sub, you will pay sales tax. Your game has a purchasble in game currency, you will pay sales tax.

    Starts 1 July 2017, The Liberals brought it in.

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