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Go on a bitcoin spending spree in the next Steam sale

Valve's gaming storefront is the latest place to spend your cryptocurrency.

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Both high-end gaming PCs and bitcoin mining rigs require an awful lot of power to operate at their best, so this next bit of news is a pretty natural fit: You can load your Steam wallet using Silk Road's favorite currency. Cryptocurrency payment processing outfit Bitpay says that Valve approached the company because the gaming juggernaut was looking for a way to process payments in emerging markets like Brazil, China and India. Meaning, countries where credit cards aren't easily accessible.

Bitpay is looking to partner with more gaming platforms in the future, so it might not be long before we see it on other storefronts. Consoles might be a little bit out of reach, but PC platform Green Man Gaming already accepts it, so maybe GOG or your digital distributor of choice will be next.