Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Magesw

Valve must allow users to resell Steam games, French court rules

Recommended Posts

A French court has made a monumental ruling with regards to the legality of preventing users from reselling legitimately purchased digital games on Valve’s PC gaming storefront. The court states that players should be able to SELL STEAM GAMES which they’ve bought, rescinding ownership in the process just like with a physical media video game.

Released court documents, translated from French to English and viewable here, state that the reselling of digital entertainment licenses is not prohibited on any legal grounds. In fact, the process would be supported as it is with physical products due to the fact that “the author no longer has control over subsequent resales” once they’ve exhausted their right to the material by authorizing the initial sale.

It’s said that only the “interplay of contractual provisions” — the Steam subscription agreement, in this instance — stand in the way of Steam users being able to resell their games, and this is insufficient when as of 2012 European law has dictated that even rightful claimants (Valve) are “prohibited from opposing the resale of software.” To further clarify, that’s “including [software acquired] by downloading.”

At this early stage, it’s unclear as to whether or not this court ruling will ultimately lead to PC gamers being able to SELL STEAM GAMES from their libraries. As pointed out by games journalist Ryan Brown on Twitter (see below), however, this notion has the potential to be “huge.”

As Brown points out, with enough pressure applied to companies regarding this point, the industry could see widespread changes as we welcome the next generation of gaming platforms and their likely stronger leaning towards an all-digital future. He also raises a good point about game preservation, as more and more digital delistings are making games vanish from sight, often without any physical means of subsequently securing them.


Source: https://www.gamerevolution.com/news/598261-resell-steam-games-valve-france#jr24CUGk32GM15jY.99

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I see this going one of two ways. Either Steam wins on appeal or they pull out of the French market along. It would also push the industry much faster into the SaaS territory they've been masturbating over for a while now.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, Milnayarau said:

I see this going one of two ways. Either Steam wins on appeal or they pull out of the French market along. It would also push the industry much faster into the SaaS territory they've been masturbating over for a while now.

I am interested in seeing how it goes though. I have a few games I would sell. lol

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If it became a reality my guess would be it will look like the FF14 market or Steam Trading cards. Everyone undercuts the fuck out of each other so they can sell the old games until finally you can basically buy anything you want for pennies. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

Chat

Chat

Please enter your display name

×
×
  • Create New...