Valve In Possible Legal Hot Water
You know how German courts are notorious for standing up to big companies like they did with Microsoft a few months back? Well they’re defending the consumer again with a challenge to Valve Software’s Steam End User License Agreement claiming that it is unfair to consumers. The Federation Of German Consumer Organisation has given Valve a deadline of the 10th of October to respond to this claim. If Valve do not respond, the issue will go to court.
When you log into your Steam account and you hit “cancel” on the user agreement, you’re prevented from logging into your account. The FGCO believes this to coercion on Valves part and that it is unfair to the consumer as it prevents them from accessing their own profiles. This is said to lead to a “disadvantage” to Steam users. The FCGO is also urging Valve to uphold the recent ruling from the European Union’s Court Of Justice that allows for users to be able to re-sell content bought online.
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