It seems as though Valve is getting ready to accept payment for Steam purchases via digital currency bitcoin.
PCGamesN first reported the news, with screenshots from an announcement on the private developer forums on Steam starting to appear.
“We’re using an external payment provider to process bitcoin payments to help partners reach more customers on Steam,” reads the announcement (via Reddit). “If customers choose to pay via bitcoin, they’ll still be charged the price already set in the local currency.”
The payment processor will convert the payment amount into traditional currency, so that Valve will never actually be handling the bitcoin.
The announcement tells developers they don’t need to take any action. “There is no need to set a bitcoin price or keep track of bitcoin valuation. The purchase price of your product does not change.”
These reports are unconfirmed so far. If we hear anything official from Valve, we’ll be sure to let you know.