I have noticed recently that Steam has different stores for different countries. These stores generally have different prices for certain games.

Is there anything wrong with me logging into the US store for example if I'm in Europe and paying less for a game? Does this violate the Terms of Service?

Would Steam close your account for such behaviour?

Added tip SteamDB lets you check the price of games in all the different Steam regions.

  • I'm pretty sure that's against TOS in either case and likely to get you banned from the service. Jan 29, 2013 at 12:59
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    Legal advice is off-topic.
    – kotekzot
    Jan 29, 2013 at 13:15
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    This is really two separate questions. Could you please edit your question to only cover one platform, and then ask a new question for the other platform?
    – Wipqozn
    Jan 29, 2013 at 16:19
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    @PriestVallon: Your question is fine in it's current state. Originally, you were asking for legal advice, which we don't allow (since we're not qualified to answer those questions). However, it appears someone else has asked a similiar question for Origin, so you may wish to answer that question, and convert this one into steam-only so it can be re-opened.
    – Wipqozn
    Jan 29, 2013 at 16:25
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    To clarify, your question is fine in it's current state except that it's really two questions, one asking about Steam, and the other Origin. If you narrow the scope of this question to only focus on one of them, it will be re-opened :)
    – Wipqozn
    Jan 29, 2013 at 16:28

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A Steam discussion here suggests that buying yourself from other countries isn't allowed and could get your account closed.

What you can do is get someone from another country to gift you the game and they'll only have to pay the amount for their country. Steam has nothing against international gifting.

The Steam Subscriber Agreement states the following:

You agree that you will not use IP proxying or other methods to disguise the place of your residence, whether to circumvent geographical restrictions on game content, to purchase at pricing not applicable to your geography, or for any other purpose. If you do this, we may terminate your access to your Account.

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    one question... If I'm from the country X and moved to the country Y. Am I in the risk of having my account closed?
    – Michel
    Jan 29, 2013 at 17:50
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    If you contact Steam Support I'm sure they'll move your account address to country Y and you will have no problems. Jan 29, 2013 at 17:57
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    @Michel The issue is where your IP is located. Make sure you have a credit card from that country, too. Otherwise they decline the payment. Also when you move change your address in the profile accordingly and you should not have issues.
    – uncovery
    Jan 30, 2013 at 3:41

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