Steam Subscriber Agreement Summary

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No matter how it works in the end, it`s a good example of why gamers shouldn`t be enthusiastic about the purely digital distribution revolution that video game publishers are anticipating. Often, you don`t buy a game, but simply a license to play a game. The problem (as evidenced by Steam`s new subscriber agreement) is that you can have your license revoked at any time, for any reason and without compensation. This type of forced arbitration award in end-user agreements is unfortunately not new. Last year, after the PSN hack, Sony changed the PSN Terms of Service to record similar statements. However, they also added a clause to the agreement that allowed their customers to retain their right of recourse if they wrote a letter to the company in which they stated that they wished to unsubscribe. Earlier this month, Valve updated the Steam subscriber agreement around a language that prevents disputed customers from suing the company and forcing them to accept the decisions of an “independent” arbitrator paid by Valve. In a subsequent Reddit post, the user claims that he or she simply “asked how much someone would pay for such a profile” and that the account was never actually sold or traded. However, the intention to sell was clearly there, as another post says: “I tried to sell my Steam account on r/gameswap, but that was over a month ago, you can`t even access the article now. What annoys me is that they waited a month, until last night before deactivating my account. They didn`t even send me an email explaining why it was disabled, I was just logged out without warning from Steam. We may permanently deactivate your account for you, delete stored payment information and delete your Steam profile. Ars has asked Valve for comment and will update the story if we hear about it. Update: Valve has since posted on its forum that the account has been reactivated.

Deactivating your account does not result in a refund, as explained in the Steam Subscriber Agreement. That was a month ago. The Steam support technician replied: The user in question, who has a total of games worth 1,794.52 $US on his Steam account, decided to ask how much another person could pay for such an account. “Obviously, I don`t want anyone to pay $1800 on my behalf,” the player wrote on Reddit. “Of course, I look at the money, not the full price, considering that I bought most of them for sale, but maybe we can come to some kind of agreement. Of course, if someone welcomes me, I will remove my credit card information from the account along with my friends list. » The games in your account are not accessible for future use.