I want to pre-purchase some game on Steam, and it lists Pre-Purchase (RoW) after the game name. What does that mean? Below is an example:


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    I would guess "Rest of World"... but it looks like you're in the US, so I don't see how that fits...
    – TZHX
    Commented Jun 6, 2013 at 17:46
  • @TZHX A lot of Steam users change their region to obscure countries to avoid issues with server overloads. The displayed information probably changes based on region. Commented Jun 6, 2013 at 18:32
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    @TZHX I'm not in the US. Other regions pay with US$ as well.
    – Oak
    Commented Jun 6, 2013 at 20:15
  • @DaveMcClelland The content server you chose does not affact the store in any way, since it uses your IP as a basis what to show you.
    – user28015
    Commented Jun 6, 2013 at 22:18

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RoW means "rest of world". Many games are released in one region first, and then "rest of world" second.

For example, when I look at that game on steam, it says "SPECIAL PROMOTION! Offer ends July 9th." So my region will get the game first.

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