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Legal charges against Valve

The gaming company Valve could be facing some legal charges in Europe due to its end-user license agreement.

A German consumer advocacy group has started the process as they believe Valve is allegedly unfair when enforcing the Steam's latest end-user license agreement and failure to allow users to resell game licenses.

Everything started last month, when Valve updated Steam's user agreement in order to protect itself from class-action lawsuits. When this update came out, every user whom declined the update got locked out of his/her Steam account, something that has been seen as a way to force every user to accept this agreement without any protection to its customers, as stated by the Federation of German Consumer Organizations.

The Federation of German Consumer Organizations states that Valve's new terms unfairly "disadvantaged" a number of legitimate Steam users, and now Valve has until October 10 to respond to these charges, or the case will be taken to court.

Besides these charges, the Federation wants to ensure that Valve's new user agreement will meet the requirements of the European court ruling, as currently users are not able to resell or transfer activated games between user accounts, while this recent ruling states that game publishers can't block European customers from reselling downloadable games.
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Good, such a clause shouldn't be allowed anywhere, it's shame to see a widely respected innovator like valve follow some of the larger players in that direction against customers.
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I personally wonder if, in the case Valve has to change its user agreement, if they would allow everyone to transfer or even resell already activated game keys, or somehow, just European users to do such thing
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Or just refund users who declined the agreement.
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It would be pretty cool to resell activated games on Steam but I highly doubt this is going to happen anytime soon.
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thanks for the news
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It would be pretty cool to resell activated games on Steam but I highly doubt this is going to happen anytime soon.
Well, as Valve will need to comply with this European court ruling, at least European users will be able to do that
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