Valve threatened with lawsuit over end-user licence agreement

Consumer watchdog says updated EULA is not fair on customers

The Federation of German Consumer Organisations has scrutinised Valve's latest Steam end user license agreement and deemed it not in compliance with local law.


The VZBV, which represents a number of consumer organisations, has pulled up Valve for altering its end-user licence agreement to protect itself against a recent European Union ruling on the resale of digital content.

The ruling states "an author of software cannot oppose the resale of his 'used' licences allowing the use of his programs downloaded from the internet" since "exclusive right of distribution of a copy of a computer program covered by such a licence is exhausted on its first sale."

Although the ruling was provided in an advisory capacity and is non-binding, Valve opted to update its EULA to preemptively defend itself against lawsuits.

In the days following, Jason Holtman, a business development director at the company, said Valve 'has no plans' for digital pre-owned trading.

The VZBV has also taken umbrage with the fact that Steam users that refused the updated agreement were essentially locked out and unable to access content already paid for.

CinemaBlend reports the group has issued Valve with an ultimatum, asking it to respond to the charges by Wednesday September 26 or face litigation.

Valve has not yet issued a public response.