Is Steam blocked in Russia?


Game developers in Ukraine and Russia are currently blocked from accessing their income from digital marketplace Steam, and storefront owner Valve says it’s working on a solution.

Is Steam available in Russia?

Steam Stops All Payments to Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine.

Is Steam disabled in Russia?

Users in Russia may not be able to purchase games on Steam due to credit card purchases failing. Valve has disabled all payment methods except Steam wallet and PayPal. Game developers are also experiencing problems with getting payouts.

Will Steam ban Russian players?

Steam already complies with all required sanctions. Sanctions means no russian payment method/bank can be used to receive payment (developers) nor make purchases using russian payment methods/banks (consumers). There will be no blanket ban of civilians.

Is Valve still in Russia?

Valve resumes payments to Russian and Ukrainian devs following suspension.

Why can’t I pay on Steam from Russia?

As such, if Visa and Master are no longer processing payment from Russia then there’s nothing steam can do about it. Steam did not block paypal either but paypal later on declared that it would stop processing payments from Russia which is why it is no longer working for Russian steam users. Same goes for the ability to play games.

How many Russians play games on Steam?

More than 10 million Russians play games on steam, that’s almost 10 % of the population that can be targeted by a ban. While it may not seem like a large sanction, I believe that it is, as many gamers basically have gaming as their primary past time, thus it may force them to realize the gravity of what they’re doing.

Why is Sea of thieves not on Steam in Russia?

Steam is only for the purpose of downloading the game. As such, if a country is blocked from the Sea of Thieves servers then it is the developers/publisher (ie microsoft) that did it, not Steam. Just like how it was CDPR that removed witcher and cyberpunk from Russia and not Steam.

Why is PayPal not working in Russia?

Steam did not block paypal either but paypal later on declared that it would stop processing payments from Russia which is why it is no longer working for Russian steam users. Same goes for the ability to play games. Sea of Thieves has its own servers, they do not use steam servers to host the game.

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