Valve EU Court Date Delayed To October

I admit I find this shocking, considering the austerity measures that elected officials are so keen to impose on the region’s damaged economies, but the EU is really emerging as a surprisingly consumer friendly legal environment. The latest example is a fight between the Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband e.V.(AKA the Federation of German Consumer Organization) and Valve currently gearing up for potential court battle.

At issue is the newest version of Steam’s end user licensing agreement (EULA). Rolled out last month, the new ELUA required all steam users to agree to it, or lose access to the games they’d paid for. It was indeed a serious dick move (and evidence that the all-digital future industry bigwigs are insisting will be a utopia isn’t about convenience, it’s about forever upending the concept of ownership vis a vis technology). This comes on the heels of the European Union Court of Justice’s ruling earlier this summer that EULAs claiming the consumer only purchases a license to use a game and not the game itself are bunk; Valve’s new EULA was designed to protect them from certain aspects of that decision. The Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband understandably wasn’t down with this ploy.

The original complaint gave Valve until September 26, tomorrow, to respond to the complaint. However, today they issued an amendment: “Valve has a new deadline (10.10.2012) to respond to our letter now. Maybe after this time we will resolve the dispute in the court.” We’ll see if Valve backs down and amends their EULA to account for the provisions in the ruling. In the meantime, here’s hoping we start getting similar decisions our here. I really don’t like the idea of renting a game for $59.99.

Via Cinemablend

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4 Comments on Valve EU Court Date Delayed To October


On September 25, 2012 at 3:33 pm

I’ve said that a long time; I don’t want to ‘rent’ a game for the full price, which is of course the reason I dislike Cloud Technology gaming. At least with Digital Distribution you can download the program, and keep the installer on your computer if you wanted. When I shell out 60 bucks for a game, I expect to -own- that copy of the game.


On September 25, 2012 at 6:54 pm

When is EA Origin turn to go to court?…

Got some trash to dispose (C&C 4, etc…)


On September 25, 2012 at 8:52 pm

This is the sort of thing that makes me hate the idea of gaming going digital only. If I don’t maintain constant access to the game I bought, it’s a rental. Licensing usually means that you’re in some sort of business arrangement where you stand to make money from somebody’s product in exchange for paying them. If all I’m paying for is my own personal use, it isn’t a license. If I’m buying a game and then I find out the company can just take it away from me despite paying, that is a rental, and that company is lying when they offered the game for sale. If you want to block your games off behind barriers like EULAs, call them what they really are: rentals. At least then I’ll know to look for a different retailer that will actually let me buy a copy.

Sorry, Valve, but if I paid money and downloaded the game onto my computer, it sure sounds like I ought to be able to play it when I want.

Daniel Liljeberg

On January 30, 2013 at 1:44 am

Please Sign!