German Organization Sues Steam for Game Resale Policy

The Federation of German Consumer Organization (VZBV), a non-governmental, umbrella organization for 41 German consumer groups, is suing Valve over the Steam EULA, which prevents customers from reselling digital games.

Essentially, VZBV's issue with Valve is the fact that Steam ties keys to users, meaning users only partially own their games. "If I pay the full price for a game, then why am I not allowed to do with it what I want?" stated VZBV project manager Carola Elbright.

The VZBV warned Valve back in September and was asked to change the company's policy. Valve ignored the warning, hence why the VZBV is now taking legal action against the developer.

Valve, which apparently has yet to receive notice of the complaint, seems rather unconcerned. "[W]e understand the complaint is somehow regarding the transferability of Steam accounts, despite the fact that this issue has already been ruled upon favorably to Valve in a prior case between Valve and the VZBV by the German supreme court. For now, we are continuing to extend the Steam services to gamers in Germany and around the world," stated Valve director of marketing Doug Lombardi.

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  • tipmen
    I see their point but normally I get the games so cheaply that I dont want to resell my keys. :-/ I like steam but this is a tough spot for some gamers.
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  • dark_knight33
    Even though I don't have the urge to resell my games in general, I'd at least like to have the option.

    In general, steam doesn't want it's users competing with steam on the service of selling games. Why would you pay steam's price for a game when another steam user is selling their copy for $5 less?

    The ONLY people in the gaming community that are happy about used game sales are consumers. Publishers & distributors like Steam don't like it because they don't get a "cut". If it were up to them, you'd have to pay even just to watch someone else play the game.
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  • d_kuhn
    I like Steam... but I don't pay full price for games on it - not letting you resell doen't hurt nearly as much when you pay $19.99 for the title.
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  • tului
    Good luck German group. Steam is a pox upon us all.
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  • tipmen
    I see their point but normally I get the games so cheaply that I dont want to resell my keys. :-/ I like steam but this is a tough spot for some gamers.
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  • d_kuhn
    I like Steam... but I don't pay full price for games on it - not letting you resell doen't hurt nearly as much when you pay $19.99 for the title.
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