Posted on September 25, 2012, Ross Lincoln 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.