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Pro Evolution Soccer blocked in your country? PES 2020 might not be

Published: 01:48, 26 December 2019
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Konami are quite secretive about certain regional restrictions when it comes to Pro Evolution Soccer series but it appears eFootball PES 2020 might be an exception since it is available in some countries that the other games in the series are not.

Pro Evolution Soccer series has always had some odd behaviour when it comes to purchasing the game in certain regions. The exact list of the countries that are blocked by Konami from year to year is not known but they ranged from smaller ones such as the countries in the Balkans, over the bigger ones like Malaysia and even Australia to one of the biggest markets in the gaming industry - China .

In some cases, the desperate fans even started using VPNs to purchase PES games, including PES 2020. Now this suddenly doesn't seem to be the case for the latest entry in the series.

While it was unavailable for purchase on PC for a long time in my own case, eFootball PES 2020 abruptly became available for purchase on Steam as the holiday season kicked in. That said, all the other Pro Evolution Soccer games are still unavailable for purchase over Gaben's platform, despite PES 2017 already being in my library.

Whether this means Konami are finally branching out or just trying to push as many copies as possible during the holiday season is unknown. The bottom line is that if you couldn't previously pick up eFootball PES 2020 in your region, you can likely do it now. 

Valve Steam - Pro Evolution Soccer querry in a blocked country. Guess what's downloading at the moment. Steam - Pro Evolution Soccer querry in a blocked country. Guess what's downloading at the moment.

Before deciding to commit your funds to the game, you can give it a whirl for free in the PES 2020 Lite version. You can easily treat it as a demo but should you decide to go for the full package, it will be on 50 per cent discount until 2 January 2020.

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