I got a Steam gift key from a russian friend. I opened the link he sent me and it said that the game could not be activated in Germany. So i fired up a VPN and when I opened the Link again, it said the link was already used. Can I do anything about it?

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    You can no longer receive Steam gifts from regions outside your own, I believe. Was this actually a friend, or did you buy a game from a game reseller?
    – Frank
    Jan 1, 2015 at 21:37
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    Actually a friend.
    – Malt3
    Jan 1, 2015 at 21:42

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All games purchased on Steam in Russia and CIS are now region locked. All of them. Yes, your game too. RT. pic.twitter.com/N5urUgOeEq

— Tomáš Duda (@tomasduda) December 17, 2014

Reddit post about this.

There is no way of using the gift card to get games due to new policies made by Steam. All Russian Steam games are region locked now.


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