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JTBringe6553yValve has no control over the developers of those games though.
And when you decide to pay for a game in early access, you're accepting the risk of developers abandoning the game.
Besides, the money is supposed to fund the development of the game. If not enough people choose to support the game, the developer might run out of money, and is forced to abandon the game in order to get a regular day job.
As far as price inequality goes, it's really annoying that there's regional differences. I guess some of it comes down to local taxes and tariffs.
Have you tried sites like www.g2a.com or www.kinguin.com? You can buy steam keys a lot cheaper there from resellers in regions with low Steam prices.
@JTBringe Yea sometimes buying keys form these sites. Personally I dont like G2A, because they are ripping of Dev's like Tiny Build.
But most of the Keys are blocked in Switzerland and you need to buy the regular Keys then...
The thing with early access is, that some company's are just in for a crash grab and are abadoning the game really fast.
As example take Investations/Romeros Survial/... Dev's promised features and gave the game into Early Access. Now the game is full with cheaters and you had since 1 year no updates. That was a really big scam and Valve did nothing...
That made me really upset and Valve does nothing against these guys.
If someone shoves time and love in his games, I will gladly support him!
CWins51423yPlease don't promote sites that live from credit card theft.
f03n1x69863yUhm first off the ARK devs are dicks,
They release DLC before actually finishing their game.
And like @JTBringe said, Valve has no control over some of the crap that went through the old greenlight system.
Greenlight has been replaced with steam direct it maybe better, but for all purposes of early access games there is a gigantic disclaimer about supporting devs on their steam page and I'm pretty sure it says there are risks involved.
The developers of the game are the ones you should be asking for the refund, sure steam get a cut of the price but not 100% of it.
Who knows this steam direct system maybe the fix for the crap that's flooded the steam stores for the last couple years.