We've had a few people contact us regarding World of Goo's sudden unavailability on Steam for European customers, so this is just a quick post to explain what we know. The game, which yesterday went straight to the top of Steam's top sellers chart, has different publishers in the US and UK for the boxed versions. The US boxed game is available now, while the EU box won't be appearing until around February 2009. There appears to have been some confusion regarding the contracts here, which 2D BOY are looking into. In the meantime, European customers can buy the game directly from 2D BOY with no problems whatsoever (and then just mount it in Steam, for goodness sakes).
EU customers who previously successfully bought the game from Steam will not have any problems.
Intrepid investigator Chris "Evo" Evans got hold of 2D's Kyle Gabler, who told him the following:
"As part of our European agreement, we are restricted from selling the game on Steam in Europe. I’m thinking this was a clause that was accidentally left in, since I can’t imagine this kind of restriction is good for anyone. We’re going to try to reverse it. We live in the future. We shouldn’t even have countries and regions. Just one big Internet where everyone is equal."
A beautiful a utopian future we'd all like to live in.