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Steam in very hot water...

23 Jul 13

Recent reports suggest that Steam is being taken to court in Germany for refusing to change its terms of service, which would allow users to re-sell their digital software purchases.

According to the federation known also as VZVB, has announced its intentions after last year’s ruling from the European Court of Justice stating European consumers should have the right to re-sell digital titles.

“Unfortunately a date of the trial is not fixed – we hope it will take place this year,” VZVB representative Eva Hoffschulte said, as reported in Gaming Blend.

“Until then, it is not realistic that Valve will change their policy.

"But our chance to win the process is very good and that will be really an improvement for consumers: then they can sell their (digital) games to others.”

Apparently the VZVB have sent Valve (makers of Steam) a cease-and-desist order in September 2012 and shortly after Valve made changes to their end user license agreement, which prevents users from filing lawsuits against the company.

The VZVB has reached out to Valve for a response and we will update you with any further progress.

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