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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Re: Steam User Loses Almost $1800 in Games Due to Ban [Updated]
Mar 14, 2011, 21:10
Re: Steam User Loses Almost $1800 in Games Due to Ban [Updated] Mar 14, 2011, 21:10
Mar 14, 2011, 21:10
HOW DARE YOU TRY TO SELL SOMETHING WHICH YOU BOUGHT AND OWN! Don't you realize that poor valve is struggling to survive due to such massive competition from the second hand market?

::sarcasm mode off::

Seriously, a license agreement is yet another way that greedy companies try to exploit the public. Shame on you, Valve.

And to the people who parrot the "Vote with your dollars": Yes, go ahead and try to vote with your dollars. Take a look at almost every software EULA and you'll see that the publisher/developer says the buyer isn't allowed to resell. So forget about playing any games. You can also forget about using almost any other software for that matter.

And what if you don't like the fact that companies are outsourcing all their production to China? Do we simply keep quiet and vote with our dollars in regards to that as well? If so, then we would be clothless; shoeless; void of any electronics of any kind including computers, tvs, stereos, phones, cameras; no more appliances such as stoves, refrigerators, microwaves, etc; we wouldn't own almost anything made out of plastic; no more cookware and silverware thus forcing us to eat with our hands; no cars (many parts to "American" cars are made overseas).
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