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Steam User Loses Almost $1800 in Games Due to Ban [Updated]

A post on Reddit's gameswap forum outlines the plight of someone whose Steam account has been permanently disabled, preventing his access to 149 games that SteamCalculator says were worth a total of $1794.52. This stems from a previous attempt to sell this account, which is a violation of the Steam Subscriber Agreement, as it states: "You are entitled to use the Software for your own use, but you are not entitled to: (i) sell, grant a security interest in or transfer reproductions of the Software to other parties in any way, nor to rent, lease or license the Software to others without the prior written consent of Valve." The user asked Steam support if he's been permanently disabled, and was told: "Correct, you lose access to your account permanently for violating our Subscriber Agreement." We contacted Valve for comment on this a couple of hours ago, but they have not responded. Thanks Joao via Ars Technica. Update: A post on the Steam Users' Forums from Valve says: "The article doesn't mention that the account has been re-enabled."

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14. Re: Steam User Loses Almost $1800 in Games Due to Ban [Updated] Mar 14, 2011, 19:45 Spaced
 
You can't just take that away from someone for a TOS violation.

Uh, actually you can. Steam is a 3rd party DRM 'service' with a well defined contractual agreement each party enters into before using their service. If you violate those terms, they can take away your access to every game you ever bought through them. You can also lose access to your games temporarily for a variety of reasons. It's why I avoid Steam for my game purchases and prefer to buy retail or direct. Valve has the kill switch to your game library which can be flipped intentionally or unintentionally by them, their servers, or external factors at any time.

If Steam is an optional feature with a game, great, I'll be glad to use it. But if Steam is required for a game, I can gladly avoid the game. If a developer/publisher wants my money, they better make sure their game works outside of Steam (give me a key or other install option that works with or without Steam).

This comment was edited on Mar 14, 2011, 19:50.
 
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