Paradox Interactive, the publisher behind games like Cities: Skylines and Stellaris have increased the price of its games on Steam. The price changes haven’t gone unnoticed and Steam users have taken to the review sections of the games to leave negative reviews highlighting their displeasure.
In a forum post, Paradox Interactive CEO Fredrik Wester wrote
A number of weeks ago we began revising the pricing for our products on several markets. The intention was to harmonize price points for our games across the globe.
This is the first time in several years that we have revised our prices in the countries affected, something most other publishers do on a regular basis. Going forward, we will continue to do so as circumstances change and currencies fluctuate.
While we stand by our new prices, we dropped the ball on communicating and timing this properly. In retrospect, we should have announced this change beforehand to the community, to provide more transparency into our policies and our intentions. Instead of changing all prices simultaneously, it would have made more sense to change prices gradually, over time, and to let our fans know what we were doing — and why.
The changes appear to have affected the pricing of games in: Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, EU Countries, Hong Kong, Indıa, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Peru, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, and the United Kingdom.