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Changing your country on Steam has been made harder to battle VPNs

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Something that has been happening for years now, is that people have been switching around their country on Steam and using VPNs to get cheaper prices - Valve looks to have put a stop to it.

Why was this a thing? Thanks to regional pricing, countries that typically have lower incomes can enjoy the same games as others with lower prices to match. Being able to get around that to buy cheaper games using a VPN was a bit of a loophole, which has been sorted by Valve.

Spotted by SteamDB, It's not entirely clear when this actually went live for everyone. Checking it myself, changing country on Steam is now a bit more involved. After doing so, you then need to make a purchase from a payment method registered to that country.

It makes sense for Valve to sort it, otherwise developers have had to adjust prices in other regions to match resulting in people from countries with lower incomes ending up with higher prices. This is apparently exactly happened with Horizon Zero Dawn according to VG247, and when you check on SteamDB you can see the prices across countries like Argentina and Turkey rocket upwards.

Using a VPN or proxy to get around it, was actually already against Steam's Terms of Service, with Valve saying if found out they may place "restrictions" on your account.

What are your thoughts on this?

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Want to run Mac OS 8 on Linux as an Electron app? Well, you can anyway

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Macintosh JSFancy running Mac OS 8 on your modern Mac, Linux, or Windows 10 desktop as an app? Of course you don’t, but that hasn’t stopped Slack developer Felix Rieseberg😉 from giving you (and the rest […]

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NASA Astronauts in Space to Discuss Upcoming SpaceX Crew Dragon Return

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NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will address their upcoming SpaceX Crew Dragon departure and splashdown in a news conference at 10:45 a.m. EDT Friday, July 31, from the International Space Station.

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Nintendo's hosting another bonus Splatoon 2 Splatfest next month

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It's been just over a whole year since Nintendo marked the end of post-launch content support for its glorious Switch shooter Splatoon 2 with one last farewell Splatfest, yet it seems the company's still not quite ready to say goodbye completely. It's now announced that a second Splatfest revival is on the cards, this one scheduled for August.

Nintendo initially dusted off its favourite Splatfest pants for a temporary reawakening back in May, revisiting one of Splatoon 2's earliest Splatfest themes to pose the age-old question of ketchup versus mayonnaise (mayo incorrectly lost, if you're wondering).

And there's another classic battle in store for this second unexpected event revival, with players being given the opportunity to once again join the ranks of either Team Chicken or Team Egg.

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Rumour: Rocketman Actor Is Reportedly Attached To A Tetris Movie

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Story to focus on the race for IP rights.

Remember a few years ago when a movie adaptation of Tetris was supposedly in the works? The one that was supposed to be the first in a trilogy of sci-fi thrillers? It always seemed a bit far-fetched, but stranger things have happened. After all, that Battleships film got made with Liam Neeson.

However, it appears that an upcoming movie built around the world's most famous block-falling puzzler IP will focus instead on the incredible real-life story of how IP rights were secured for the Western market. Golden Globe winner Taron Egerton (of Rocketman and Kingsman fame) is reportedly attached to star as Henk Rogers, the game designer and entrepreneur responsible for securing the IP rights in the West for Nintendo.

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FAQ: New national security law - Hong Kong

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We frequently get questions about HK and its new security law.
The most common question is “Why haven’t you already pulled out of HK altogether?”, but some customers emphasize the need of servers in HK and voice their concern that we might withdraw.

Our VPN service, as well as our relays and bridges, can be used for many reasons and in many different ways. However, if you have privacy concerns, it might be good to choose a server location in a jurisdiction YOU prefer. Also consider using Multihop. Deciding on a location could be based on jurisdiction, network quality, blocking and throttling, and many other factors.

For instance, you can use our bridge service with Singapore as an entry location and the U.S. as an exit location if that’s a combination that fits your needs. Alternatively, you can use the Multihop function in WireGuard. The traffic will be encrypted from your computer to the exit server, and the bridge or WG server in the middle will just route traffic to the exit node without being able to decrypt it. Depending on your threat model, using two locations with different jurisdictions might be beneficial.

Different Multihop options

You -> Bridge -> OpenVPN
You -> WG server entry -> WG server exit
You -> WG server entry -> SOCKS5 proxy on another WG server as an exit point

Any of the above in combination with another VPN service or the TOR network is also an option.

Due to SOCKS5 not being encrypted, we don’t recommend using the You -> WG -> SOCKS5 setup if the WG server is deemed to be in an non-preferred country. (Though SOCKS5 traffic is sent via a WireGuard tunnel between the WireGuard servers.)

Completely removing all servers from a given location will block all the above options for that location. We let the client choose what locations to use and not to use.

Conclusion: If you are in a l­­ocation and are expressing opinions against that location’s regime, you should most likely not use any VPN server location accessible to that regime.

We will continue monitoring the situation, and our decision might change over time

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  1. Multihop with WireGuard
  2. Different entry/exit node using WireGuard and SOCKS5 proxy
  3. How to use Bridge mode (in the app)
  4. Swedish legislation relevant to us as a VPN provider
  5. 5, 9, or 14 Eyes: Is your VPN actually safe? 

 

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