Gaming is not cheap. While we all are trying to survive the expensive prices already, PC gamers in South Africa will be paying even more for titles on Steam soon, as sales tax will be included in the price for all titles.
GameSpot first reported the news after receiving an email sent to "Steam partners". According to the report, the new price increase will affect 10 countries including Australia, New Zealand, and of course South Africa. The new tax jurisdiction requires that sales tax be applied to all digital good and services. Luckily for us the new change only comes into play in March, so you still have some time to save money before everything gets much more expensive. Take a look at the roll out below:
- Switzerland 8%
- South Korea 10%
- Japan 8%
- New Zealand 15%
- Iceland 24%
- South Africa 14%
- India 15%
It is terrible news for PC gamers, as videogames are so expensive already. If we take some of the most anticipated games on pre-order and add 14%. This is what you will probably pay for them:
If you look at the prices compared to console price, this kind of increase puts PC games right next to console digital purchases, give or take a hundred rand. Ghost Recon Wildlands on PS4 goes for R999, and Tekken 7 for R1069. Up to now console digital purchases have included sales tax, that is why there has been such a big gap in prices, and this new Steam regulation will see that shrink.
If you are planning on pre-ordering some of the games this year through Steam, best do so now to save you 14% off each game.
What do you think about the price increase due to sales tax? Let us know in the comments below.
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