Steam because of US sanctions will stop working in Crimea




According to information in the official Steam group in the social network “VKontakte”, inhabitants of the Crimea will limit access to the gaming service. This is due to the package ‘antikrymskih “sanctions, which approved US President Barack Obama. Sanctions, in particular, include a ban on the work of American services. It is reported that the inhabitants of the peninsula of Crimea will not be able to purchase products in the online store Steam.


In accordance with the decree of the American president in December against Russia was introduced another package of sanctions , in particular, the document suggests an economic blockade of the Crimea. Prohibited the export of goods, technologies and services on the peninsula. Thus, the inhabitants of the Crimea will not be available to iPhone, iPad, Mac and services of American corporations, including Apple.

Peninsula in the press release listed Ukrainian region. His accession to the Russian Federation called “occupation” and “an attempt to annexation.” “My administration will continue to work closely with allies and partners in Europe,” – said Obama.

The consequences of this decision are clear: one of them will lock on the peninsula services, such as Gmail, Skype or iCloud, closing access to the popular American software – Firefox, Google Chrome, Java. Experts stress that the embargo implies not only a ban on the supply of US goods in Crimea but restricting access to residents of the Crimea to Internet services and widespread programs and applications – even if they are free.

Since Valve is a US corporation, it is subject to the laws of the United States. The ban on the purchase of the Crimean people are reported to be introduced not later than 1 February. In this case, copies of products and gift exchange will not be blocked. Attempting to circumvent regional restrictions threatens to blocked account Steam, the report said representatives of service.


December 26, 2014 multinationals Visa and Mastercard have released an official statement about their services disconnected from Russian banks operating in the Crimea. In a statement, Visa said that sanctions would “prohibit companies from Visa International Service Association, Visa USA Inc. and Visa Inc. to provide services, as well as directly or indirectly facilitate transactions in the Crimea. ”

The company also stopped MasterCard services for cards issued in the peninsula, saying the decision was made because of US sanctions.

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