Oh Japan! Don’t stop now! You’re so close to totally assimilating in the modern PC gaming and digital world. Well, not with Nintendo staying classy and old fashioned at any rate, but gamers who live in Japan and use Steam, even those who primarily shop in English, are now able to do their shopping in yen.
Before hand, Japanese and ex-pat PC Gamers were only able to shop using USD, meaning they’d have to do the currency exchange in their own minds before deciding on making a purchase. It was just downright annoying. Thanks to this latest venture, though, Japanese PC gamers now are granted coherent access to all of the wonderful deals the Western world gets to enjoy, and even more besides.
In Japan only, Steam has started a new system called “konbini,” a play on words in Japanese word for “convenience store.” What does it allow? Well, like everything else in Japan, you can make Steam payments straight through your local convenience store!
How do I use Konbini?
- During checkout, select Konbini as your payment method and confirm that you live in Japan.
- After reviewing your purchase, click “Continue to Degica”.
- Complete the purchase form with the correct details of your transaction.
- Your Konbini details will be displayed on-screen and emailed to you. Your purchase will now be pending while we wait for your funds to be transferred.
- Go to your selected convenience store and fund your Konbini.
- Once we receive confirmation from Degica that the transaction has been completed, we will send you an email telling you your purchase is complete.
Exhilarating! The next time I see a bargain I want, I’ll be sure to capture the experience and let you know how it was. Unfortunately though, this change does not affect the availability of many Japanese games on Steam. Many are still region blocked from the website, and there are no signs of that changing anytime soon.
Oh well, baby steps, am I right? Man, it looks weird seeing yen in the windows.