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Out of Territory Orange Box Deactivations

The Consumerist has word that owners of The Orange Box are having their games deactivated if they own a copy intended for a territory other than where they are located (thanks Mike Martinez and Digg). The games activated properly, but after about a week, Steam began returning "incorrect territory" errors in these cases, surprising many users who purchased online or even in local stores, unaware their copy was intended for another region. This is leaving impacted customers in the often difficult position of seeking refunds for opened software.

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18. Re: I feared something like this... Oct 26, 2007, 08:57 MMORPGHoD
Valve isn't the only company to stop people from doing this.

Except steam has the power to turn your purchased software into vapor, where a purchased PC DVD import hasn't been controled to that degree. Valve has alot of leverage with this system and I'm sure this won't the last time they use it.

If I buy an import copy of the Witcher at gogamer, I sure hell wouldn't want to be treated like a pirate. In a steam only world, that can certainly happen.

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