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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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33. Re: Steam in Hot Water in the EU? Feb 2, 2013, 13:41 saluk
 
With the whole personalized storefront thing Gabe talked about in that talk and inventory etc, maybe they are working towards allowing this. I bet they could find a way to make it financially viable.

Steam is great, and there are few digital storefronts that make it easy to get a refund or allow you to sell what you have bought... but it doesn't have to be this way. If Amazon can succeed by showing you ads of the product you are looking at with a cheaper price, Steam can succeed by allowing used game trades. They probably wouldn't make as much on sales - but the sales lately haven't been that great. And if they take a percentage on trades (not sure if that would be legally acceptable, but it would still be a ton better than how it is now), they might make the same or more over time rather than waiting for the sale to get the bulk purchases.

Who really DOESN'T want this are the game publishers. And if steam started doing this it would be interesting to see if the publishers stick around, or if more back out and do their individual stores like origin. I think many publishers on steam do rely on sales for a lot of their, um, sales, and if there is a lot of user to user trade going on I'm not sure if they would see that as much. Having to compete with users would be difficult.
 
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