Australians will pay an extra 10 percent on Steam purchases from July

While it’s been a known threat for a while, Steam will finally be making good on their word and adding a 10 percent tax for all Australian purchases from July, according to Kotaku’s report (opens in new tab) on a developer email from Valve.

The extra 10 percent will reportedly be included in the displayed price on the storefront and the tax later separated out, meaning that you will still be paying the price you see on Steam, but it will more than likely be a little steeper.

The Goods and Services Tax is far from news to Australians, with taxes for digital services being mentioned by then-treasurer Joe Hockey back in 2015, but so far the tax has not been applied to the online games network Steam, where prices are currently displayed in USD and then converted by your chosen payment service, be it your bank or PayPal.

It’s not just Aussies that will feel the tax burn, with local national taxes being rolled out from March onwards for Japan, Switzerland, South Korea, Iceland, South Africa, India, and to our neighbours in New Zealand.

Harry Domanski
Harry is an Australian Journalist for TechRadar with an ear to the ground for future tech, and the other in front of a vintage amplifier. He likes stories told in charming ways, and content consumed through massive screens. He also likes to get his hands dirty with the ethics of the tech.