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Steam doesn’t work with VPN? Here’s what to do


Elena Constantinescu
by Elena Constantinescu

VPN Expert & Privacy Advocate


  • The Stream Subscriber Agreement prohibits gamers from using VPN and proxy services, but that doesn’t stop them anyway. Learn how to do it the right way.
  • If your VPN service isn’t working on Steam, check out our quick-fix guide below to stay safe, remain anonymous, and encrypt your traffic while gaming.
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fix VPN not working on Steam

Steam has some strict rules against using a VPN, but that doesn’t stop users from trying anyway. It’s only problematic when you get banned or when Steam doesn’t work with your VPN, no matter what you try.

Don’t worry since we’re here to point on the right path. But first, let’s clear the air on Steam’s policy against VPN and proxy usage.

Can you get banned for using a VPN on Steam?

Yes, under certain conditions.

Let’s take a closer look:

”You agree that you will not use IP proxying or other methods to disguise the place of your residence, whether to circumvent geographical restrictions on game content, to purchase at pricing not applicable to your geography, or for any other purpose. If you do this, Valve may terminate your access to your Account.”

Steam Subscriber Agreement

What we can draw from this is that:

The third part mentions that you can’t use a VPN for any other purpose. However, when a Reddit user contacted Steam support to ask for clarification on this issue, they got the following message:

Playing games or operating Steam while using a VPN is not strictly prohibited.

However, it may affect gameplay and the Steam client itself.

A Steam account will only be restricted for actions that violate the Steam Subscriber Agreement or Steam Online Conduct Rules, so please keep in mind that purchasing games while your VPN is active is a violation of our Terms of Service.

posted by u/hunting_n_fishing on Reddit

This should tell you that it’s OK to use a VPN to stay secure and protect your privacy when using a VPN.

How do I fix VPN not working on Steam?



This post was written by Elena Constantinescu and was first posted to WindowsReport



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