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November 20, 2018 Updated

Steam no longer supports directly buying games using bitcoin. Here’s a workaround that lets you top up your steam wallet with either bitcoin or litecoin!



Recently, I was finally able to make my generic controller communicate with my computer. This allows me to play games I purchased on Steam without using the keyboard. My job involves using the keyboard all day. It’s nice to not press it after a day’s work.

On the topic of Steam, I heard you can buy games on steam using bitcoin. So naturally, I tried doing that. However, I could not see the option when I was paying earlier today.

A couple of Google search later, I found out that Valve actually removed the option on December 7, 2017, citing the volatility of bitcoin and its transaction fees.

Buy Steam Games with Bitcoin

How can I buy games with Steam Codes with Bitcoin now?

There is now a workaround when buying games on Steam using bitcoin. Obviously, it won’t be as straightforward as before but if you have some extra bitcoins, why not?

Buy Steam Games Using Bitcoin with Bitrefill

Bitrefill announces that we can top up our steam wallet with bitcoin using its platform. Here are the steps.

  1. Go to Bitrefill’s Steam Landing Page.
  2. Click “Continue”.
  3. Select “Refill Amount”.
  4. Provide your email.
  5. Confirm Order Details then Proceed to Payment.

Note that Litecoins are also accepted! Just click the “down arrow” beneath the “To Payment” label, then select “Pay with LTC – Litecoin”.

How to pay Bitrefill to get your Steam Voucher

There are different ways to pay Bitrefill so that you can finally get the voucher

Zero-fee payment options

  • Pay with Coinbase
  • Pay with LocalBitcoins.com
  • Pay with Xapo

Manual Bitcoin Payment

  • Send the exact bitcoin amount to the bitcoin address stated. (This is the option if you will use other wallets such as Coins.ph)

Step By Step: Buying your Steam voucher from Bitrefill using Coins.ph Bitcoin

These are the procedures that will walk you through the process of buying a Steam game using Coins.ph.

  1. Go to Bitrefill’s Steam Landing Page.
  2. Click “Continue”.
  3. Select “Refill Amount”.
  4. Provide your email.
  5. Confirm Order Details then Proceed to Payment (Make sure that below the “To Payment” words, you see the word “Bitcoin”.
  6. The next page lets you choose how to pay, we will do “Manual Bitcoin Payment”.
  7. Take note of the “exact payment amount” and the bitcoin address.
  8. Open Coins.ph.
  9. Click your Bitcoin Wallet.
  10. Click Send.
  11. On the space provided, enter the “exact payment amount” and the bitcoin address from the Bitrefill page.
  12. Coins.ph allows you three types of transaction – fast, med, and slow. Select which one you are comfortable with.
  13. After the payment is confirmed, Bitrefill will you give you the Steam Code.
  14. Open Steam.
  15. On the upper left, click Games then click “Redeem a Steam Wallet Code”.
  16. Enter the code provided by Bitrefill.
  17. You finally top up your Steam account!

Step by Step: Use Litecoins to Buy a Steam Code via Bitrefill and Coinbase

  • Go to Bitrefill’s Steam Landing Page.
  • Click “Continue”.
  • Select “Refill Amount”.
  • Provide your email.
  • Confirm Order Details then proceed to “Payment” (Make sure that below the “To Payment” words, you see the word “LTC – Litecoin”
  • The next page allows you to pay with Litecoin via “Manual Litecoin Payment”.
  • Take note of the “exact payment amount” and the Litecoin address.
  • Open Coinbase.
  • Click Accounts.
  • Click “send” on your Litecoin Wallet.
  • On the space provided, enter the “exact payment amount” and the Litecoin address from the Bitrefill page.
  • After the payment is confirmed, Bitrefill will you give you the Steam Code.
  • Open Steam.
  • On the upper left, click Games then click “Redeem a Steam Wallet Code”.
  • Enter the code provided by Bitrefill.
  • You finally top up your Steam account!
Note that you can also use any litecoin wallet aside from Coinbase.

Overall

So, after reading the above procedures, how do you feel about topping your Steam wallet with bitcoin? As for me, I think it’s a bit tedious. No, honestly, after Steam removed the option (Fact: I did not know if the Bitcoin Payment for Steam is supported in the Philippines before), the usual one to four steps becomes 17 steps.

Steam is also right; the transaction fees are very high particularly with bitcoin. With litecoin, however, it seems the transaction fees are a bit minimal:

Final Words

If anything, this whole activity proves that buying games on Steam using bitcoin is still possible, albeit with some workarounds. Perfect for anyone with a couple of bitcoins to spare. Also, this is the first use case scenario I experienced with paying litecoins. And I can confirm that the transaction fees are really lower. Will it stay that way? Or will it suffer the same state as bitcoin when its popularity explodes? I will leave that question to you. In the meantime, I’m going to play some games.

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