Steam: You can now see Valve’s suggested price for the game.
Game prices on Steam may differ from Valve’s suggestions
- SteamDB has launched a new column in the game price tables, it shows Valve’s suggestions.
SteamDB has recently had a new feature. A new column has appeared in one of the pricing tables, titled “Valve Suggested Pricing”. It aims to show how much (if any) the game’s price set by the developer differs from the proposed price. This possibility was announced on Twitter by the official SteamDB profile:
To take advantage of the new option, after searching for a title on SteamDB, go to the “Packages” tab. After clicking the appropriate version of the application, we will see a table with prices in various regions and currencies. Apart from the relatively understandable (though interesting) fact that the standard sort by price at the top quite often places Argentina and Russia, we can notice new information in the last column. The values in it are Valve’s price suggestions. How they are determined can be read here.
A new feature on SteamDB makes price suggestions for Valve
In addition to the proposed price, a percentage is given next to it, how much does the developer set price differ from Valve’s price (it is worth paying attention to this, at first I thought the opposite was true). For example, Horizon: Zero Dawn it is a bit cheaper in our country, the price is lower than the suggested one. For BeamNG.drive, on the other hand, the suggestions match the set prices. Perhaps the reason is that this game is still in Early Access.
Before we criticize any game company, however, as they priced it 20% more expensive than Valve’s proposition, it’s worth bearing in mind that these prices are likely calculated by some kind of algorithm. On the SteamWorks website you can read:
Our price suggestions are based on our past experience, current exchange rates and other factors.
In practice, Valve’s suggested prices do not really matter, because they are finally set by game producers and publishers. The amount proposed by Steam acts as an option, prepared for illustrative purposes based on the system’s internal algorithms. The question remains, however, how will Valve react to the new SteamDB feature. Some commentthat he may not be happy to have disclosed this information publicly.
- Official website of the Steam platform
- Official SteamDB website