Valve put out an announcement final night time on Twitter for an upcoming Steam Deck giveaway. The corporate will probably be making a gift of one 512GB Steam Deck—yep, the costlier mannequin—for each single minute of The Game Awards broadcast on December 8. It is also a celebration of the “Steam Deck being in inventory,” (wow, pulling no punches at different {hardware} producers, there).

All you need to do is register, or, so we thought. There are just a few catches, because it seems. The truth is, even individuals who seemingly meet all the necessities have been working into points with registration.

This is the way it works, initially: You register by signing in and clicking the large blue register button on Steam’s Deck Drop web page. Then, if you watch The Game Awards you have additionally received to be watching on Steam.television. Straightforward, right? You possibly can even set a notification to remind you as soon as you have registered, that can arrive through e mail or the Steam cell app. Alternatively you possibly can add it to your calendar, which is nifty.

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The primary hurdle, nonetheless, will probably be for many who do not stay within the US, Canada, UK or EU, as you may be unable to register. We’re on this unique Steam Deck membership over right here apparently, however it’s doubtless as a result of delivery prices not being as viable to different locations. Even delivery between the US and Canada is a ache, I hear. 

And no, VPNs will not make it easier to right here, my good friend.

With the intention to confirm that you simply stay in one of many above locations, you could have purchased one thing on Steam between November 14, 2021 and November 14, 2022. Unhappy instances for anybody who’s been saving over the previous 12 months by refusing to purchase any video games.

Screenshot of the Steam Deck giveaway registration page.

(Picture credit score: Valve)

Your account should even be “in good standing” (i.e. you have no bans in your account), and never be a restricted account. Honest sufficient, however that is not the tip of the story.

What’s actually odd is that the Twitter thread is full of individuals who stay in these zones and imagine they meet all different necessities, however have nonetheless been unable to register. Some managed to get by means of after refreshing the web page, however so many complaints have come by means of that Valve has despatched out an official assertion concerning the registration bother after making some fixes, although the feedback show many are nonetheless unable to register.

“For people who had been having bother registering regardless of being eligible, we simply fastened just a few issues on our facet and it ought to be good to go,” Valve has mentioned.

Do you have to handle it, you may be getting a bit blissful Steam Pal sticker to commemorate the occasion, in order that’s a pleasant comfort prize for those who do not handle to win something.