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Until now I has always linked ibVPN here when it comes to a VPN service for buying games in other countries. But I've decided to move on to another service. From now on you will find here especially NordVPN as a recommendation. Why is that so?

Don't get me wrong, ibVPN with its Ultimate offer is not bad and I have ordered many games in several countries with it myself. But the problem, which is now emerging and is getting worse and worse, is that the servers of interest to us, e.g. in Argentina or Turkey, are reaching their load limits. Problematic is exactly the biggest advantage of ibVPN. There is a trial access! This is nice for people who do not want to own a service for a long time or probably only buy a game once via VPN, so they do not want to pay for a VPN service. But I cannot imagine the latter in particular. Who has bought once abroad will do this again and again.

The load of the servers for e.g. Argentina or Turkey is always indicated low with ibVPN. That may be true. Calculated on bandwidth. But with as many connections as with all the Xbox game buyers from all over the world, the servers are becoming more and more unusable. You won't believe how many people register there for a trial account! (I asked)

I would therefore like to recommend NordVPN to you. I recently took a closer look at the service and tried it out myself. A buddy of mine wanted me to buy him about ten mini-games in Argentina. With ibVPN this was a pain, because I was often not connected to the XBL marketplace at all. NordVPN does not win any speed records for these servers either, but in the end they are still significantly faster than with ibVPN. Exception: You use ibVPN when Europe and Asia go to sleep ;) (The Americans are not so interested in buying abroad)

 

NordVPN has a nice offer: 99 US$ for 3 years VPN (2,75 US$ per month).

 

(The offer still lasts for 8 days) There is (which is good) also no differentiation of variants, where customers with better variants are preferred etc. Besides, the service is not so overcrowded because it costs something and allows six parallel connections. The offer is therefore perfect for small groups of people who are joining forces. You are welcome to meet us on the Discord Channel and join forces (this has worked well so far).

Since NordVPN offers a 30 day money-back guarantee, you can test it for a few days without any risk and then decide to cancel it ;)


What else can you use a VPN for?

Everyone should think about getting a VPN service, so that your tracks on the Internet are at least not so easy to track. But it can also have completely different, practical reasons. Get e.g. Netflix for 2-3€ in Turkey or watch content limited to regional markets, get Spotify for 2€ from the Phillippines. Maybe even the family package for 5€. There are many possibilities... But first and foremost, the safety aspect should have priority. 

The advantages of NordVPN:

- Access to 4,883 servers worldwide
- No logs
- Unlimited speed
- Connect up to 6 devices simultaneously
- 30 day money back guarantee
- Headquarters in Panama
- Crypto payments possible
- P2P allowed
- many more

Europe gets a Xbox Summer Sale as gamescom promotion - Save up to 60%

On the occasion of the upcoming gamescom 2018 Microsoft starts a Summer Sale in the Xbox Store, which is valid for Europe only. Apparently!? Maybe there'll be something else soon? The Summer Sale is not quite as big as the other sales, but at least more than 120 games made it to the sale! Of course you will find the deals clearly arranged in a list on the left in the menu or also in the normal overview marked as offer!

All sale offers in one list (save up to 60%!)

Microsoft has also added a few new games to the store. These are Sekiro, Division 2 or Soul Calibur 6!


Battlefield 5 Open Beta starts soon!

On September 6th EA will release the Open Beta of Battlefield 5, where you can put the game through its paces. Subscribers of EA Access or people who pre-ordererd the Deluxe Edition may already start on September 4th!

 

 

 


NordVPN also has a good offer :)

If you are generally looking for a good, fast and very secure VPN provider, you should check out NordVPN. There is currently the all-round carefree package for 2.75€ per month. Included are 4843 servers, up to 6 devices at the same time (sharing greetings!) and even 30 days money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. Overall one can say that the offer is similarly extensive, if not even larger than with ibVPN, but the servers with NordVPN are simply much faster!

Metro Exodus - A real bargain (at the moment)

Some of you have already heard about it via Facebook or generally, but Metro Exodus can now be pre-ordered for an unbeatable price in Argentina!

The Gold Edition incl. Season Pass is currently available for about 24$, the normal version even for 20$. With the low savings you should definitely take the Season Pass with you :)

So start your VPN and get it before the publisher changes his mind about the price. That's not so unlikely, by the way! If you don't have a VPN yet, you might want to take a quick look at the ibVPN offer for 2.5$ per month and get the unlimited Ultimate Edition!


Cheap Fortnite V-Bucks

The Fortnite players among us will certainly need V-Bucks from time to time. At least there seems to be a lot of interest in it. Did you know that they are also much cheaper abroad?

Fortnite V-Bucks Price Overview

10,000 bucks cost 99.99$ in the US and around 24$ in Argentina. If you do not have a VPN or do not want to deal with it in general, you can also buy with about 50% savings in Brazil or South Africa, for which there are gift cards well available everywhere. In the overview on the left are also some good shops linked!


Dolby Atmos for Headphones is back on sale!

Who plays a lot over headset, should not hesitate long with this offer. Dolby Atmos for Headphones is again available with a 20% discount! This good thing conjures a very good spatial sound on your stereo headsets! For the few bucks it is worth it in any case!

Turkish Lira in Free Fall - These are your options now

Have you noticed that the Turkish lira is in free fall every day because of the US conflict? The games become cheaper with every day. Problem: The gift card shops are no longer able to meet the high demand, are sold out and thus quickly get nothing back. In turn, they have the problem that the cards are traded in USD, which also means that the usually poor conversion rate for end customers comes out and the risk of the shops is very high that the rate continues to fall and you make a big loss with it.

Therefore, it is probably not a solution to pay with gift card, even if this is the supposedly safest solution. BUT: If you pre-order now by credit card and the money is only charged 10 days before the release, the price may of course have changed again. Depending on when the game releases. However, as things stand at present, it is unlikely that the conflict will soon be resolved and the currency will continue to plummet. So games are getting cheaper every day. And if it doesn't happen any more, the prices will only rise slowly and you could still cancel every game if necessary. With pre-orders you can even do this in your MS account.

Although I myself would benefit from a small commission if you buy games with gift card directly from my website, I would still advise you to buy some games with a credit card from Turkey as long as the prices are so low. Even if it doesn't give me anything. The prices are currently simply too tempting!


On our own behalf

I found some time again and could continue working at the website. A few new visible features have made it into the current version.

- Xbox Live Gold Price Comparison
- Price changes no longer indicate increases, because why should they?!
- The help page has received a badge to help most new users find their way around.
- If there are new "News", a "NEW" badge is now displayed to every user who has not yet read it. If this doesn't eat up too much performance (yes, everything is cached etc. but anyway), then I'll add similar functions for the other sites soon, e.g. if there is a new game etc.
- Some additions in the help and FAQ...
In addition there are some new admin functions for me, which make my work easier;)

Still in development (simply because of the very large time requirement) are among other things the user registration with various really cool features. But unfortunately that takes time and as a one-man project you don't always have that in abundance beside your everyday obligations. But it's coming...
Just imagine all the cool features as a registered user, ... and then some more :) 


Discord channel for chatting

Like many of you, the Disqus chat system below the posts has become very annoying to me. I am already looking for a good alternative, which I can couple later with the upcoming user registration. Until then, however, you still have to hold out a little bit.

But now we have a very nice Discord-Chat, which you can enter via almost every device and discuss there diligently.
If you'd like to drop by, you'll find the discord symbol at the bottom left of the navigation bar, which will lead you directly to the channel.

Of course you can also link the Facebook page to keep up to date with bargains and deals!

The situation with prices in Argentina remains rather unclear. Not only we Europeans are surprised about the pricing and the topic with the taxes, also in Argentina the situation is not as clear as it should be. Here in Germany, for example, an unthinkable idea. If a measure is announced here on day X, it will also be implemented by everyone immediately and without compromise.

Actually the prices should be indicated already some weeks inclusive taxes, and/or somehow the taxes must be accounted for. However, this is not yet the case and there is a lot of contradictory information on when, if and how this will happen. Someone from Argentina said yesterday that the "sales tax" is only added for Argentinean credit cards or payments with them. But why should that be? In every other country with taxes (similar to VAT) the prices are also identical for everything and everyone. That would even be discriminatory (in a positive case for us)...

However, since Microsoft itself may not be able to keep track of the situation and purchases from us continue to be settled without taxes (whether by credit card or gift card), something else has to happen. I already noticed on June 14th that Anthem made a price leap upwards and so did Battlefield V and Madden 19 yesterday (each version of any game). The prices for both games in the Standard Edition were previously 949 ARS and were then raised to 1599 ARS each. A hefty price increase of approx. 59%!

If this continues in the next few weeks with other games, Argentina will soon be of no real interest to us and other countries (possibly with gift cards) will regain the first position in the prize table. Maybe another one with a good gift card supply?! It seems as if we are "destroying" the countries one by one, because it was the same with South Africa and Russia before. The prices were very low for a while and were then steadily increased. Meanwhile, these countries are settling somewhere in midfield.

By the way: Prices are usually set by the publishers, i.e. Microsoft itself is not responsible for price increases. I could imagine, however, that there are reference tables to suggest prices in country X that roughly match economic performance and average income.

And also interesting: Sony's digital PS4 games in Argentina are billed in US dollars right from the start and not in Argentinian pesos as Microsoft does. As a result, the PS4 games have always been much more expensive in Argentina. I.e. a price increase of the Xbox games is probably bearable, because the Argentines are already used to the prices of Sony's PS4.

Let's just see how the whole price situation will change in the next few weeks. Maybe more games will be drastically increased in price in the future, because the publisher still has to pay taxes on sales afterwards? It is possible.

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