Gamers Rejoice! Top Up Your Steam Account Using Bitcoin
Gamers can now begin having marathon gaming sessions again as Bitrefill is now allowing gamers to buy Steam vouchers with Bitcoin and Litecoin.
With the recent news that the Steam games platform would no longer be accepting Bitcoin as a payment option, many gamers erupted into rage over the decision by Valve. However, Valve did say that the use of Bitcoin as a payment option had become “untenable” for them.
Yet it’s always darkest before the dawn, and a new hope has emerged to keep gaming addicts comfortably ensconced in front of their TVs and monitors. Fans of the Steam platform can now buy globally redeemable vouchers from Bitrefill using Bitcoin. The vouchers are denominated in EUR but the company promises that the vouchers can be used globally. The announcement was made on the Bitrefill blog, which reads:
We’re happy to announce that you can now again pay for your Steam gaming with Bitcoin–buying Steam vouchers directly through Bitrefill! The vouchers are denominated in Euros (€) and are valid all over the world — the voucher amount will instantly be converted to the currency on your Steam account.
Steam Gaming Platform
Steam’s game platform dominates the gaming world, selling digital keys for games and other software. They have also diversified into the hardware field as well when they launched their own gampad and Linux-based SteamOS console. Their support for Bitcoin, as few other retailers had accepted it, was widely seen as a boon for the cryptocurrency when they announced they would be begin accepting it as payment in 2016.
Steam’s decision to withdraw Bitcoin payment was announced earlier in the week as Bitcoin’s price moves were, within hours, rising or falling by thousands of dollars. Such volatility in a currency is hard to accept from a business as a certain small profit could easily turn into a significant loss within minutes. It should be noted, though, that Steam added in their statement that they were not ruling out using Bitcoin as a payment option in the future.
— Charlie Lee [LTC] (@SatoshiLite) December 8, 2017
For those looking to use the new vouchers, they are available for purchase from Bitrefill in denominations from 5 – 100 Euros. Payment can be made from your wallet of choice, including Xapo and Coinbase.
Are you on the Steam games platform? Have you purchased with Bitcoin before? Will you now use Bitrefills vouchers? Let us know in the comments below.
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