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Steam in Hot Water in the EU?

A This recent article follows on news from last year of a possible legal battle over the inability to resell games bought via Steam, which conflicts with a recent EU legal ruling. Word is the VZBV has filed a complaint in a Berlin district court over this. GameSpot has a response from Valve to this, as the company says it has not received a formal notice about his. "We are aware of the press release about the lawsuit filed by the VZBV, but we have not yet seen the actual complaint," Valve said. "That said, we understand the complaint is somehow regarding the transferability of Steam accounts, despite the fact that this issue has already been ruled upon favorably to Valve in a prior case between Valve and the VZBV by the German supreme court. For now, we are continuing to extend the Steam services to gamers in Germany and around the world."

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41. Re: Steam in Hot Water in the EU? Feb 2, 2013, 16:04 Dev
tomigun wrote on Feb 2, 2013, 15:58:
I did recently purchase a game from someone who gifted me the game via steam, is that legal? Or only applies to certain titles?
Thats a new purchase, someone bought a game (usually off of steam) and gave it to you entirely UNUSED. That game, once you used it, is now associated to your account, and can not be further given away. Valve built that mechanism into steam to allow people to buy games for others. For instance, giving gifts as christmas presents, or someone doing a 4 pack and having others join him in his purchase. As for the legality of it... is it legal to live in a country where valve sells the censored game and get someone to gift/sell you the uncensored version? I dunno, but I highly doubt anyone is going to go after an individual recipient of a game like that (do note though, that valve has in the past disabled cross-region activation of its own games when they are activated in other regions than they were purchased from such as orange box/TF2, while its unusual it has happened).

That gifting mechanic has not much to do with being able to resell USED digital games, which is what this discussion is about.

This comment was edited on Feb 2, 2013, 16:10.
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