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Pay for Steam games using bitcoins

BitPay has announced a partnership Valve to offer Steam players a ' faster, safer payment method.'


As of today—right this minute, even—you can purchase Steam games using credit cards, PayPal, and bitcoins. Rory Desmond, director of business at bitcoin payment service provider BitPay, laid out details for the company's new partnership with Valve.

"Valve reached out to us because they were looking for a fast, international payment method for Steam users in emerging gaming markets in countries like India, China, and Brazil," Desmond explained. "As the internet's universal currency, Bitcoin will allow Steam to easily reach gamers in every market around the world – without the high fees or the risk of chargeback fraud that come with card payments."

Desmond pointed out that credit cards and other traditional payment methods aren't available in many countries where players want to purchase PC games through Steam. By integrating bitcoins into Steam, players can load their wallet with a safe and fast form of currency.

"Bitcoin has a bright future in gaming. We look forward to partnering with more gaming platforms to make bitcoin the most popular payment method for the world's gamers," Desmond concluded.

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David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at and @davidlcraddock.

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    April 27, 2016 1:10 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Pay for Steam games using bitcoins

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      April 27, 2016 2:00 PM


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      April 27, 2016 2:12 PM

      So, has Steam tapped out the domestic market? Although, I could see why a business would just favor a universal currency over local and not have to lose anything in dealing with exchange rates. Although, for now, there's still the eventual exchange rate to convert bitcoin into USD. Unless they're able to spend those bitcoins somehow.

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      April 27, 2016 2:29 PM

      "A faster, safer, failing-er, more depreciating, form of payment"

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      April 27, 2016 3:04 PM

      Let me know when we can use dogecoins.

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        April 27, 2016 3:35 PM

        Bet TMWTB has shackcoins in his briefcase.

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