There's an Unreal pack available on Steam – but not in my region (Germany) probably due to Germany's laws against graphical violence for minors. I had the idea to ask a friend in the USA to register an account for me, buy the game, then give me the password and I log in from my home.

Will I be able to download games which have previously been bought with my account even if they're not offered for sale in the region that I'm currently in?

(Might be a real disappointment to real Americans who come to Germany for a longer period ...)

  • Duplicate of Left For Dead 2 - Unlock Australian Censorship. See this answer.
    – badp
    Commented Dec 22, 2010 at 0:27
  • Thanks, good to know this. But this is still not a duplicate because my whole intent is to buy the game in a foreign version in the first place, not hack an existing version. Commented Dec 22, 2010 at 0:44

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Your intent may be different, but I'll give you the same answer as on the suspected duplicate:

Ask your friend to buy the game for you and give it to you as a gift. (If he doesn't have an account yet, he should register with his actual location and, most importantly, his credit card/Paypal account.)

That has always worked for me so far, although I haven't tried with Unreal in particular.

  • This does not seem to work any longer. I asked a friend from USA to buy and gift me a game, but its still the "Low violence version".
    – Rev
    Commented Dec 25, 2016 at 9:23

Valve can (and has) locked out games attached to peoples Steam accounts that are from a different region than the one they live in.

This was a big deal with the Orange Box first launched.

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    link returns 404 :/ Commented Oct 31, 2012 at 22:30

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