so yesterday i won a Nazi Zombie Army 2 giveaway and this morning i just received the present, but in the description says "Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2 Gift (RU+CIS)"
as far as i know i can't activate region locked games, and if i don't activate it i probably ill get myself suspended, what can i do? :s

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Giveaways are not supposed to be region locked. You don't have to activate it.

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Some games have the tag [UK] or [RU+CIS] while they are not region-locked.
If he didn't try to activate it, how could he know if it's region-locked ?

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Are you sure it is locked? Reading what you said it doesn't seem like you tried to activate it.

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in the description says "Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2 Gift (RU+CIS)" and i don't want to risk any kind of steam ban/restriction just because of this

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there are no consequences if you can activate it w/o a VPN, simply try it

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i'm not sure about that, i already saw some people activating ru tagged naruto full burst copies, but there's nothing that guarantee me that steam can't check that and do something about it later :/

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Steam can't do anything since it's not against the rule, it is just bought in Russia. Just activate it normally. If it were locked and you needed to use a proxy... well that's a different thing.

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trading gifts from russia to another countries is actually against the rules, this is not the first time that russian accounts get the trades blocked as punishment

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Wrong. Valve doesn't like it when traders make profit with russian gifts but its still allowed to trade over the borders. When not they would activate "AllowCrossRegionTrading=No" on every game.

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and what happens, if i travel to russia for holiday, and i buy a game there? It will probably have russian steam key, but i bought it legally, so i must activate it somehow. Or steam are againts buying games if you are out of your country? :D

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I went on holiday during the winter sales. And wanted to buy a game, during check out I got send to the UK store and everything turned in those prices since my account details and wallet were in pounds.

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i mean a retail game in box, with DVD, and stuff. Not digital versions.

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All russian retails are region locked, you can still purchase games using russian store if you write a support ticket on steam, but that will take some weeks, because most of times they are idiots and don't believe you. I study abroad, and its a pain in the ass every time I come back and forth, some Support Techs are fast, some slow like hell and demand proofs(like student ID).

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lol no. Pretty much every game out there can be gifted to anyone with no consequence. I own several RU versions of games. It is highly likely that you can activate an RU Nazi Zombie Army 2, there is no harm in trying and no harm in having it in your library. If it doesn't activate, contact SG support.

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That is entirely untrue. Can you post some proof please?

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this and this are some of them that i already saw around the internet

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While profiting from reselling the games is forbidden for Russians, users in other countries are not affected, so it's safe if you're not the one making the purchase in Steam store.

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If you notice, both cases the Russian gifter was banned, not the people he gave stuff to. Otherwise some Russian could just gift some games to random accounts and get everyone banned.

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if you can activate it without using proxy than you wont get baned for activateing it, as far as I know that game is NOT region locked, and just because it is bought in russian steam store doesnt make it against the rules...

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^This.

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NO ONE got banned for activating a region locked game, bitch please get serious.

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not your fault, contact the guy who gifted you the game and tell him it's a region locked game. He can either give you a non region locked game or well ... if a week passes, contact support and tell them what happened. Even the gifter can contact support and ask them very nicely if they maybe can remove the GA or he will have to live with one not received.

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Listen to him.
"Do not submit CD-keys or Steam gifts that have regional restrictions, or those that require VPN activation or methods to bypass regional restrictions." -from this

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THANKS, even if i can activate it is still against the rules, i ill talk with the guy and tell him what happened

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If you can activate it, then it means it's not region-restricted.

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NOT against the rules, if you CAN activate it than it is NOT region locked

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Do not rush to put a minus... You can exchange them in community. In the same or other !

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i'm not allowed to trade gifts that i won

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yeah I believe that is against the rules

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It's against the rules, it's also against the rules to give away region locked stuff her, if it really is region locked.

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Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't region lock information supposed to show in RED text? I think that's how it was with DotA 2 gift copies.

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not all region locked games have that red exclamation point, most of them just say it on the description

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Are you sure? I seem to recall valve making region restrictions show in red to help avoid people getting mislead when trading for them.

It may be that you can add it to your account, but it's going to be the RU language version of the game when you do.

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i'm not sure, i think that steam now added a new way to "show" the region locked games and the old locks don't work anymore? anyway, i'm not sure about it, is kinda exploit of the system

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And Valve exploits taxpayments. Its not an exploit and it is just a buy lock. Because that it has this RU/CIS tag. It has all languages and is the same version as every other (Nazi) Zombie version. It doesnt even show as RU/CIS in your library. It shows like a normal game. Here can you see it, booth Nazi Zombie are from russia.

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as far as i see Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2 RU/Cis doesn't have any activation restrictions applied. Also if you activate it and it doesn't return an error - then you are good to go.

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Clicky. Seems like it only purchase restricted, you can try to activate it.

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It works. Some games will be marked with what store they come from, but still work the same as every other copy.

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I am from Spain, and I activated that game without problems (RU+CIS).
It is Row, like Farcry 3.

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i think you activate it without region locked just try it

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i'm so damm confused right now

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Just try to activate it.

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i feel that this is one of those times that everyone tells me "go ahead, nothing bad will happen" and then something bad happens

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You are overthinking the whole situation. It is fine to try activating it.

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No it's one of those times when you are freaking out for nothing. Using VPN is not okay. We're all telling you to go ahead and activate normally.

If you still don't want the gift you can still decline and get another winner to be selected but the gift in itself looks ok.

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It will activate fine. Its like any other non locked game purchased for cheap in Russia.

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It is not region locked. You can and should activate it.

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ok, you guys won
i will try to activate it, if it works and something bad happens in the future i ill remember that i can always blame the steamgifts community i guess :P

edit: DONE, now lets all pray to God Gaben!

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RU version of NZA 2 is not locked...it's just says RU but you can play it anywhere in the world. It's a rare case, but unknown.

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Not so rare, that "buy lock" is more common than the real region lock(Allowedtoplay or CrossBorderGifting).

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The Witcher games are in the same boat. Both games on my profile have been activated from a (RU) version.

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If something bad does happen, it will not be related to the region of the game ^^

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haha, you fell for it!

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only if the game is a gift you can activate it. That was the case with Dark Souls.

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Jangling testicles...

So much drama on the S-G :|

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there were a little discussion about activate the game and contact the sg support, i guess that the support is busy...

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As a gazillion others have said, just activate it. Support will say exactly the same. If you can activate it, you can keep it...

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If you can activate it than you don't need to contact support. RU tag doesn't mean anything, other would be that region activation restriction message. I have a lot of games with RU tags, all is good

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It is everyone's God-Gaben right to enjoy games at good prices.

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Não te preocupes, acontece com alguns jogos mas consegues activar sem problemas.
I bought a 4-pack from a russian trader (same game) and it came with that tag. I was a bit worried but the game activated normally and nothing happened to my account. It's fine :)

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