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The gaming scene in India has been improving and growing more and more as many people especially the teens are showing keen interest in gaming.
Moreover, as the Indian gaming scene is improving and gaining traction we're also getting continual increase in interest from all big names in the industry. India is finally emerging as a viable market in gaming which simply points to the fact that people are taking Indian gamers seriously now.
Amidst such developments, Steam, one of the largest online marketplaces and digital distribution platform for purchasing games and even hardware now supports net banking, digital wallets and even cash on delivery in India.
So now along with debit cards, credit cards, bitcoin, people can actually buy games via cash on delivery now and this means that, you don't have to depend on a digital payment method any more.
Significantly, the local payment options will be handled by Novaplay, a gaming company started by e-sports firm Nodwin.
With the ESL (Electronic Sports League) purchasing a stake in Nodwin, it should come as no surprise that the company is trying to establish itself in the nascent Indian digital downloads market through NovaPlay in addition to e-sports.
Meanwhile, the cash on delivery option will let people easily purchase any game they like. The money will be collected at their doorstep.
However, following the demonetization exercise, the use of old Rs. 500 and Rs.1,000 is not accepted and there seems to be a boundary on 500 INR on purchases. It basically means that you have to have games greater than 500 INR in your cart in order to use the cash on delivery option.
How to buy games on Steam in India using cash on delivery?
#1 After adding an item to your cart on Steam, pick Cash on Delivery as a payment option.
#2 You will be redirected to a page run by Novaplay. Here you can put your billing and shipping information.
#3 When you enter your details, a Nova executive will get in touch to collect the cash amount.
#4 Your order will be emailed to you in 72 hours of receiving the payment.
Nonetheless, the COD option will indeed solve the "credit problem" which many people had (the lack of access to proper credit options). This is indeed a monumental judgment on Valve's part.