Steam T&C Changes to be Legally Challenged

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A recent change to Steam's terms and conditions could lead to legal action, with the German consumer rights group taking Valve to court over it if the company doesn't respond within an allotted time.

The Half Life developer recently added a clause to the T&C of its digital distribution platform that forced users to agree never to take part in a class action lawsuit against the firm. Anyone wanting to opt out of the clause wouldn't be given access to their account. This, argues the German group, is tantamount to coercion, making it impossible for users to have any sort of choice over the matter.

In a move that is likely to please gamers the world over, it is also hoping to get valve to agree to work within the boundaries of the digital resale recommendation made by the European Court of Human Justice in July, where a judge declared that all software vendors needed to allow for their product to be resold by individuals that purchased it, as long as the original product was passed along and not just copied. Valve made it quite clear it had no plans to allow gamers to sell on their unused Steam games, to the disappointment of the platform's users.

Valve has until October 10th to respond to the desist order from the rights group, at which point if it doesn't agree to the changes, it will be taken to court. This is an extension over the original September 26th date, perhaps suggesting that the rights group is more bark than bite, but we'll have to wait until the 10th to find out for real.

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dude... there is a difference

dude... there is a difference between big ass companies forcing crap that doesnt work down your throat (EA, UBI) and ones like Blizzard and Valve that generally make great games that do work after some quality control. There is also a difference between people who genuinely have some justification for torrenting and trolls (urself). Reason such as EA's sims that costs 50EUR in countries where average net salary is 400eur or when u know that DRM's gonna screw u like they always do with ubisoft. Just saying

SAY NO!

YEA FUCK THE MAN! you cant change EULA on me after ive paid and agreed to certain conditions. I am fully entitled to a refund if you decide to BREAK our previous agreement, valve. And I will recieve my refund and I will pirate all (the rest) of your games. As well, Ill share it on my schools network alongside many gigs of porn and movies. You wanna join that crowd valve? fucking assholes, the moment people begin trusting you and start paying for games you try and pull this shit? Get fucked. utorrent daemon tools hamachi

SAY NO!

YEA FUCK THE MAN! you cant change EULA on me after ive paid and agreed to certain conditions. I am fully entitled to a refund if you decide to BREAK our previous agreement, valve. And I will recieve my refund and I will pirate all (the rest) of your games. As well, Ill share it on my schools network alongside many gigs of porn and movies. You wanna join that crowd valve? fucking assholes, the moment people begin trusting you and start paying for games you try and pull this shit? Get fucked. utorrent daemon tools hamachi

Every company is greedy.

They don't want to loose any money so they will do whatever they can to keep what they have been paid. Every company is charging us money for something in some way. I know I sound stupid but I hate the rich since they look down on the poor.

slight problem

if i remember rightly there terms of service is breech of the EU customer protection laws as well as the uk customer protection laws which means they are non applicable in the uk or the EU and the uk, if you take notice of the addresses they supply in the TOS are all in america, for these TOS to be applicable in the EU and the UK they must have a fully working fully staffed office in the uk AND the EU and then they must stick to the strict laws. so yeah vavle screwed up microsofts terms in the uk and eu are vastly diffrent the same with sony and every other game developer

This is in alot of todays software

This is by far nothing new. Microsoft has it in there ToS, So does Sony, AT&T, Verizon, Apple and many other companies these days. Why are they just going after Valve and not the Larger companies at all? Today this practice is business as usual over the last two years this has been quietly been getting added into user agreements.

so don`t use it.

Again customers get a raw deal and again they still flock to the very people giving them the short end. If you don`t vote with your feet and wallet then tough luck. The only way to change their minds is if their business is threatened by loss of revenue. Still, i doubt the majority even care since they`d never join a law suit over a 40quid game and probably wouldn`t ever sell their old games on anyway. It`s the inherent issues with digitally delivered content. A dvd is so much simpler and easier to sell, that`s why they created these online systems so that they can reject serial numbers that have already been registered before. Welcome to the future, where you have no rights.

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