German consumer group sues Valve over the resale of Steam games

By Matthew
Feb 1, 2013
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  1. lipe123

    lipe123 TechSpot Guru Posts: 394   +63

    Who said anything about discounted rates? What does the amount paid for the game have to do with its value to the customer?

    Physical media is just a content delivery system and doesn't give you any resell rights either, cause you still need to activate the game on steam/origin/etc before you can play it.

    You are being overly defensive about something that should be common sense. If I buy a game and get tired of it after 4 hours (that terribad dungeon keeper remake for example) why can I not resell that to somone else for 5$ or w/e I want to sell it for?
    It's not like I could still play it after I sold it so whats the problem?

    It's BS like this that enables/encourages piracy! Try before you buy became "pirate before you buy" because once you buy you are hosed.
  2. sliderider

    sliderider Newcomer, in training

    You are not paying for the games, though, just the ability to play them. You do not own anything that can be transferred to someone else. You are paying for an intangible service and if you do not agree to the terms of the service, then they are not obligated to keep you as a customer.

    You can't sell it to someone else because you do not own anything that can be sold. It's a pay to play system similar to rentals except that the money you pay entitles you to play the game indefinitely where rentals are for a fixed amount of time.

    What consumer rights are you talking about? Did you even read the terms of the Steam agreement? It specifically states that you do not own the games, you are only buying the ability to play them on the Steam network. What exactly is it that you think you own?
  3. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    @Slider
    Give it up. These ppl complaining didnt read the ToS. If they did, they agreed to it anyway. Its just little boys crying because they cant have what they want. Put no more stock into it then you would a child having a temper tantrum because he didnt get his way either. Its as easy as can be to understand the Steam business model.
  4. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 429   +15

    I even posted the relevant section of the subscriber agreement tht you must agree to before ANY game is purchased or activated...


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