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Valve: You Can't Bequeath Your Steam Library

The fact that we don't "own" digitally purchased content is a familiar topic, but a recent post on ResetEra brings up another interesting question about rights to digital goods. A Steam user asked Valve about transferring ownership of a Steam account in one's will. The answer (for now at least) is that you will not be allowed to pass along your game library for your descendants to finally clear up all those Steam Sale purchases. That tracks with the fact that Steam accounts and games likewise cannot be legally sold to another party. This is not to say anyone would know if you left your heirs your login details, but there is no way to officially transfer ownership of an account or games. There are a couple of possible loopholes still to be explored, and Ars Technica notes them, saying it's requested comment from Valve, so we may hear more about this. For now, here's the explanation of Valve's policy on bequeathing Steam accounts:
Unfortunately, Steam accounts and games are non-transferable. Steam can't provide someone else with access to the account or merge its contents with another account.

I regret to inform you that your Steam account cannot be transferred via a will.

Bungie Prevails in Cheating Case

Some posts from Stephen Totilo on X reveal Bungie has prevailed in its lawsuit against Aimjunkies and Phoenix Digital for selling cheats used in Destiny 2. The award was $63,210, as it's explained this is based on profits, not damages, and legal costs don't seem to be part of the ruling. Stephen notes this may be the first time a case based on cheats went to a jury, and that the jury rejected Aimjunkies' counterclaim alleging Bungie illegally accessed one of its computers. This post adds that Phoenix Digital founder David Schaefer says his group will fight this, moving for a dismissal or appeal, disputing whether Bungie proved this involved a copyright violation. For perspective, he re-adds the following note:
Game companies have been getting default rulings against cheat-makers for years, often with giant, multi-million-$ awards. This was the rare case where cheat-makers pushed back, said their actions weren't illegal and it was left for a jury to decide

The Detective Reaper Invites Released

The Detective Reaper Invites is now available on Steam, offering a roguelite mystery game where you use cards as well as your wits to solve murder cases. The previous Release Date Trailer provides a look, and here's what to expect if you play your cards right:
The Detective Reaper Invites fuses elements of roguelites, deckbuilding card games, and logic puzzles to create a unique deduction adventure where all of the murder cases, deductions, and game board are randomly generated, making every run unique. The controls and game mechanics are simple and easy to learn, allowing anyone to enjoy its endless detective gameplay. If you're confident in your deduction skills, you can try to aim for speedier clear times as well as attempt the timed challenge of Hard Mode.
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Out of the Blue

Well, it turned out I was wrong about not having any plans at all for what's Memorial Day weekend here in the US. It slipped my mind that MrsBlue and I have a date with friends this afternoon to stroll around near the Hudson River. This will be as low-key as it sounds, but it is indeed a plan, so there's that. Speaking of plans, I did get to rewatch Dune Part 1, which was even better than I remembered. This leaves me on track to watch the new one tonight, and my anticipation level is pretty extreme. Oh well, what better occasion to geek out than Geek Pride day. Now where's my towel?

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