In an effort to improve its foothold in Latin America, Valve Software is now allowing users in Brazil to pay for games on Steam using the country's local currency.
This is a particularly notable move for Valve, as Brazil is commonly known as a market rife with piracy
. With Valve allowing users to pay for their games using Brazilian Reais, Brazilian consumers will now have more incentive to acquire their games via legitimate, and hopefully more convenient means.
To enable this change, Valve has partnered with UOL BoaCompra, a Brazilian marketplace for digital games. For now, Brazilian users can only pay for their games using the online payment system Boleto, though in the coming months Steam and UOL BoaCompra will add support for deposits, account transfers, PagSegura, and local credit cards.
Valve added that this move is part of its ongoing plan to make payments easier for users around the world. For more details on Steam's Brazilian payment options, check out the store's official website