After receiving a game gift which was country restricted, I had to change my Steam store and activate that game by changing my IP. what are the chances of getting banned or anything similar for this action?

I have high level Steam so it's important for me. I know some games are region restricted only for activation but some others are also required to play in that country to, I.e keep having that IP address. but this one is only activation locked. there are many speculations around this so please only answer if you're sure.

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    We have no way of knowing this. Without Steam having said something, this is totally unanswerable.
    – Frank
    May 8, 2017 at 22:57
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    There could be something on ToS @Frank , then again, maybe not
    – Oak
    May 8, 2017 at 23:04
  • @Oak Could. Doesn't really mean anything, even if there is. Either way, it still requires Steam to have said something in order to answer this.
    – Frank
    May 8, 2017 at 23:11
  • I once was banned for doing this. They lifted the ban after I contacted steam support and supplied some information about me (ie. last payment via paypal, my ID of who I am etc.) Since then I dont do this anymore.
    – paskl
    Sep 20, 2017 at 14:41

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From the Steam Subscriber Agreement:


A. Payment Authorization

... 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, Valve may terminate your access to your Account.

Emphasis mine. I would highly recommend not spoofing or using proxies to disguise your IP in order to circumvent blocks (on game activation or play). Doing so will run the risk of having your account suspended or terminated.

Further to this: by default, Steam will always try to show you the Storefront from your 'home' region, even when traveling:

What if I am traveling and the product I am trying to purchase has a note about region restrictions?

If you are currently traveling, please ensure that your store region is correctly set to the country where you permanently reside as shown below. You may view and change your store region from your Account Details page. Learn how to change your store country.

And Steam clearly labels any Steam Gifts as being region locked:

Are Steam gifts region restricted?

Gifts purchased in certain regions can be redeemed only in those regions. When you purchase a gift you will be notified at checkout of any restrictions that will be placed on the gift. An example of a gift purchase in Russia and the countries that the gift can be redeemed in is shown below:

Steam Region Lock message

I received a Steam gift. How will I know if it has a region restriction?

Each gift will clearly note in the gift's description which countries it can be redeemed in. You can view the description from your Steam gift inventory.

Steam Support cannot modify region restricted gifts. You should contact the friend who gave you the gift to return it or have them ask for a refund.

You can read more about Steam's Region Restrictions on their Support Page

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