Valve Has ‘A Curious Understanding Of Geography’

Valve Has ‘A Curious Understanding Of Geography’

It’s not really in contention that Steam is the biggest platform on PC for video games. What’s slightly in contention is just precisely how big Steam is – or rather, how many countries it’s in.

According to the about page on the Valve site, Steam is “is available in 237 countries and 21 different languages”. It’s actually 26 if you go to the language preferences part in your Steam account, although that part of Valve’s website probably doesn’t get a great deal of attention.

But 237 countries? That seems a little ambitious. There’s only 192 member states in the United Nations, which doesn’t include Taiwan, the Vatican City, or a range of other countries that are recognised by some states but not others. If you want to get down to the finest figure, 206 seems about right.

It’s certainly not 237, something Federal Court judge Justice James Edelman pointed out this week when ruling against a Valve request for confidentiality orders:

Initially, Valve submitted that it was confidential information that Valve was a very profitable enterprise. I explained that this bold submission was made despite Valve itself boasting on its website that Steam is the world’s largest online gaming platform and that it “connects its 35 million active users to each other” and that it is “available in 237 countries” (a claim which displays a curious understanding of geography).

At the time of writing, none of the Carmen Sandiego games are currently available on Steam.

Question is: what are all the extra 31 countries that Steam thinks are legit? Without a VPN active, Steam will only allow Australians to change their country of origin to the United States (a proviso for military serving abroad). But if you’re a user in one of those fabled countries, let us know!


  • here’s the 249 country options you get when setting up your profile:

    (spoilered for space)

    US United States
    CA Canada
    AF Afghanistan
    AX Aland Islands
    AL Albania
    DZ Algeria
    AS American Samoa
    AD Andorra
    AO Angola
    AI Anguilla
    AQ Antarctica
    AG Antigua & Barbuda
    AR Argentina
    AM Armenia
    AW Aruba
    AU Australia
    AT Austria
    AZ Azerbaijan
    BS Bahamas
    BH Bahrain
    BD Bangladesh
    BB Barbados
    BY Belarus
    BE Belgium
    BZ Belize
    BJ Benin
    BM Bermuda
    BT Bhutan
    BO Bolivia
    BQ Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
    BA Bosnia and Herzegovina
    BW Botswana
    BV Bouvet Island
    BR Brazil
    IO British Indian Ocean Territory
    VG British Virgin Islands
    BN Brunei Darussalam
    BG Bulgaria
    BF Burkina Faso
    BI Burundi
    KH Cambodia
    CM Cameroon
    CV Cape Verde
    KY Cayman Islands
    CF Central African Republic
    TD Chad
    CL Chile
    CN China
    CX Christmas Island
    CC Cocos (Keeling) Islands
    CO Colombia
    KM Comoros
    CG Congo
    CD Congo, the Democratic Republic of the
    CK Cook Iislands
    CR Costa Rica
    CI Cote D’ivoire (Ivory Coast)
    HR Croatia
    CU Cuba
    CW Curacao
    CY Cyprus
    CZ Czech Republic
    DK Denmark
    DJ Djibouti
    DM Dominica
    DO Dominican Republic
    EC Ecuador
    EG Egypt
    SV El Salvador
    GQ Equatorial Guinea
    ER Eritrea
    EE Estonia
    ET Ethiopia
    FK Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
    FO Faroe Islands
    FJ Fiji
    FI Finland
    FR France
    GF French Guiana
    PF French Polynesia
    TF French Southern Territories
    GA Gabon
    GM Gambia
    GE Georgia
    DE Germany
    GH Ghana
    GI Gibraltar
    GR Greece
    GL Greenland
    GD Grenada
    GP Guadeloupe
    GU Guam
    GT Guatemala
    GG Guernsey
    GN Guinea
    GW Guinea-Bissau
    GY Guyana
    HT Haiti
    HM Heard & McDonald Islands
    HN Honduras
    HK Hong Kong
    HU Hungary
    IS Iceland
    IN India
    ID Indonesia
    IQ Iraq
    IE Ireland
    IR Islamic Republic of Iran
    IM Isle of Man
    IL Israel
    IT Italy
    JM Jamaica
    JP Japan
    JE Jersey
    JO Jordan
    KZ Kazakhstan
    KE Kenya
    KI Kiribati
    KP Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of
    KR Korea, Republic of
    KW Kuwait
    KG Kyrgyzstan
    LA Laos
    LV Latvia
    LB Lebanon
    LS Lesotho
    LR Liberia
    LY Libya
    LI Liechtenstein
    LT Lithuania
    LU Luxembourg
    MO Macau
    MK Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of
    MG Madagascar
    MW Malawi
    MY Malaysia
    MV Maldives
    ML Mali
    MT Malta
    MH Marshall Islands
    MQ Martinique
    MR Mauritania
    MU Mauritius
    YT Mayotte
    MX Mexico
    FM Micronesia
    MD Moldova, Republic of
    MC Monaco
    MN Mongolia
    MS Monserrat
    ME Montenegro
    MA Morocco
    MZ Mozambique
    MM Myanmar
    NA Namibia
    NR Nauru
    NP Nepal
    NL Netherlands
    NC New Caledonia
    NZ New Zealand
    NI Nicaragua
    NE Niger
    NG Nigeria
    NU Niue
    NF Norfolk Island
    MP Northern Mariana Islands
    NO Norway
    OM Oman
    PK Pakistan
    PW Palau
    PS Palestinian Territory, Occupied
    PA Panama
    PG Papua New Guinea
    PY Paraguay
    PE Peru
    PH Philippines
    PN Pitcairn
    PL Poland
    PT Portugal
    PR Puerto Rico
    QA Qatar
    RE Reunion
    RO Romania
    RU Russian Federation
    RW Rwanda
    BL Saint Barthelemy
    LC Saint Lucia
    MF Saint Martin (French part)
    WS Samoa
    SM San Marino
    ST Sao Tome & Principe
    SA Saudi Arabia
    SN Senegal
    RS Serbia
    SC Seychelles
    SL Sierra Leone
    SG Singapore
    SX Sint Maarten (Dutch part)
    SK Slovakia
    SI Slovenia
    SB Solomon Islands
    SO Somalia
    ZA South Africa
    GS South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
    SS South Sudan
    ES Spain
    LK Sri Lanka
    SH St. Helena
    KN St. Kitts and Nevis
    PM St. Pierre & Miquelon
    VC St. Vincent & the Grenadines
    SD Sudan
    SR Suriname
    SJ Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands
    SZ Swaziland
    SE Sweden
    CH Switzerland
    SY Syrian Arab Republic
    TW Taiwan
    TJ Tajikistan
    TZ Tanzania, United Republic of
    TH Thailand
    TL Timor-Leste
    TG Togo
    TK Tokelau
    TO Tonga
    TT Trinidad & Tobago
    TN Tunisia
    TR Turkey
    TM Turkmenistan
    TC Turks & Caicos Islands
    TV Tuvalu
    UG Uganda
    UA Ukraine
    AE United Arab Emirates
    GB United Kingdom (Great Britain)
    UM United States Minor Outlying
    VI United States Virgin Islands
    UY Uruguay
    UZ Uzbekistan
    VU Vanuatu
    VA Vatican City State (Holy See)
    VE Venezuela
    VN Viet Nam
    WF Wallis & Futuna Islands
    EH Western Sahara
    YE Yemen
    ZM Zambia
    ZW Zimbabwe

    • Comparing that with this list, I got this list of 57 extras:

      Aland Islands
      American Samoa
      Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
      Bouvet Island
      British Indian Ocean Territory
      British Virgin Islands
      Cayman Islands
      Christmas Island
      Cocos (Keeling) Islands
      Cook Islands
      Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
      Faroe Islands
      French Guiana
      French Polynesia
      French Southern Territories
      Heard & McDonald Islands
      Hong Kong
      Isle of Man
      New Caledonia
      Norfolk Island
      Northern Mariana Islands
      Palestinian Territory, Occupied
      Puerto Rico
      Saint Barthelemy
      Saint Martin (French part)
      Sint Maarten (Dutch part)
      South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
      St. Helena
      St. Kitts and Nevis
      St. Pierre & Miquelon
      St. Vincent & the Grenadines
      Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands
      Turks & Caicos Islands
      United States Minor Outlying
      Wallis & Futuna Islands
      Western Sahara

      Coincidentally, this other list has 58 entries which seem to be pretty much the same at a cursory glance.

        • To allow for better regional gouging geo-blocking fuckit, let’s just call them cunts adherence to regional customs and regulations. …When forced by the courts to do so.

      • Hmmm, Christmas, Cocos, Heard & Macdonald and Norfolk Islands all gone. Are these the winners or losers in this new economy he was talking about?

    • Question is: what are all the extra 31 countries that Steam thinks are legit? Without a VPN active, Steam will only allow Australians to change their country of origin to the United States (a proviso for military serving abroad). But if you’re a user in one of those fabled countries, let us know!
      I have purevpn, do i need to create uk account?

  • Clearly its a video game company so it must be countries like

    Atlantis Bangalla Elbonia Equestria Eriador Genosha Gondor Kryat Latveria Robonia Sokovia Wakanda

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