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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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20. Re: Steam in Hot Water in the EU? Feb 2, 2013, 03:47 eRe4s3r
 
The EU is equalizing laws and regulations. This is why in Germany you *can* sue Steam based on an EU regulation which is valid everywhere in the EU (however, Interpretations and enforcement may differ nationally). The courts ruled that steam has to make stuff bought resealable or (somehow) ownership transferable. It failed to do so.


The rest of the EULA is valid even if a part of it is void. But in this case the part is the entire section about purchases, ownership and transfer of it. So basically, 100% of what Steam actually is and does. This does not make the rest (non illegal) parts of the Eula invalid.

Also if Steam does not adhere to EU law, you can sue them in a EU court after you won the national court case. The EU courts are not kind to companies ignoring previous national rulings. So I am half hoping Steam is that stupid. Just for entertainment...

The VZBZ is our customer protection thingy so they are not sissies. If Steam thinks they can fight this out.. well if they enjoy paying lawyers?

This comment was edited on Feb 2, 2013, 03:53.
 
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