Steam in Hot Water in the EU?
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February 2nd, 2013, 19:48
This would be no problem for consumers. Germany is a big market. Another service would take over.
It seems Valve signed the C&D which ordered them to stop requiring existing customers to agree to updated TOS to continue to use their games. Relevant are now only the TOS at the time of sale. Even if the customer does not agree to the changes he can play the games purchased before that date.
Valve was probaly well advised to sign this C&D, because they would hardly have had a chance in court. In Germany a contract requires both sides to agree to the terms. After that one side can of course try to change the terms, but the other doesn't have to agree. Then the old version remains valid.
The account thing will be decided in court. The VZBV is very powerful and has deep pockets, but they're also conservative and slow. Court is a lotterie.
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