It appears that Paradox Interactive has increased the prices of its games in certain regions on Steam. The publisher claimed that this was not an error, it was done intentionally, and it was done in order to match the purchasing power of those areas.
As Paradox Interactive stated:
“As you have noticed prices for our products have increased in certain regions around the globe and this is something we’ve intentionally done. The reason for this is to make our prices match the purchasing power of those areas, as well as create a more equal price point for our products across the globe.
Our prices have remained pretty much the same for several years and it’s only natural for us to re-evaluate price points at regular intervals based on the strength of various currencies, fluctuations in world markets and many other factors. This is something that all publishers do and we are no exception.
Sadly this means that the price has gone up for certain regions and whilst this is something we’d like to avoid, it’s necessary to keep our price point more in line with our other markets. We sincerely apologize for any frustration this may cause and hope you can understand why we are doing this.”
Ironically, Paradox Interactive increased the prices of almost all of its titles, even those that were released 4 or 5 years ago.
Naturally, this frustrated a number of PC gamers who flooded Paradox Interactive’s games with negative reviews.
Whether Paradox Interactive was greedy or not remains to be seen!