How to Buy Your PC Games Cheaper with a Little Help from a VPN

November 24, 2019

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In 2018, the video game industry generated more than $43bn in revenue — an 18 percent increase on the previous year. But it’s no secret that investing in a decent gaming PC is expensive. Even a ‘budget’ model is priced at around $650 and above, without factoring in the cost of any software. And that can leave gamers used to buying consoles at competitive rates a little daunted by the prospect of switching to a cutting-edge PC instead.

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