Send News. Want a reply? Read this. More in the FAQ.   News Forum - All Forums - Mobile - PDA - RSS Headlines  RSS Headlines   Twitter  Twitter
Customize
User Settings
Styles:
LAN Parties
Upcoming one-time events:

Regularly scheduled events

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."

Post Comment
Enter the details of the comment you'd like to post in the boxes below and click the button at the bottom of the form.

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.
 
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
Subject
Comment
     
 
      ;)   ;)   :(   :(   :o   :o   %)   %)   :)   :)   :|   :|   ;P   ;P   X|   X|   :D   :D   More
 
Login Email   Password Remember Me
If you have a signature set up, it will be automatically appended to your comment.
If you don't already have a Blue's News user account, you can sign up here.
Forgotten your password? Click here.
 
          Email me when this topic is updated.
 

Special Codes

  • b[bold text]b
  • i[italic text]i
  • u[underline text]u
  • -[strikethrough text]-
  • c[code text]c
  • +[bullet point]+
  • q[quote text (indented)]q
  • [quote="Author"]quote text (indented)[/quote]
  • [url=Link]text[/url]
  • r{red text}r
  • g{green text}g
  • b{blue text}b
  • m{maroon text}m
  • s{secret text (shows in the background colour)}s

Forum Rules

  1. Disagree all you want but attacks of a personal nature will not be tolerated.
  2. Ethnic slurs and homophobic language will not be tolerated.
  3. Do not post spam, links to warez sites, or instructions on how to obtain pirated software.
  4. Abusing the forums in any manner that could be construed as 'griefing' will not be tolerated.


footer

.. .. ..

Blue's News logo