It seems that The Federation Of German Consumers Association (VZBV) have taken issue with some of the terms of Valve’s popular gaming software, Steam. They believe it unfair that consumers who buy games via the software are unable to resell or give them away after use.
VZBV warned Valve about possible legal action in September last year. The changes they seek have not been made and so they have taken their case to the District Court of Berlin. They believe that by restricting users rights to sell on second hand games, they are stunting the growth of the digital distribution market.
VZBV have had a previous run in with Valve back in 2010 which also led to court action in Germany. They attempted to make it possible for Steam users to sell their whole account on if they no longer needed or wanted it. This was overruled by the courts stating that Valve’s prohibition of user account transfers did not break any German laws.
Why Is My Mass Effect 3 Still In Amazon’s Warehouse?
I’ve been quietly fuming away for the best part of 2 years over the pricing of Mass Effect 2‘s mission DLC. At 2480 of their intentionally obtuse ‘Bioware points’, you’re expected to pay about twice what the 40-hour base game costs itself these days. Which is how DLC typically works, but at least there’s usually a discount for those of us who’re never going to be fanatical enough to cough up that kind of money. Not in the case of the PC version: and that’s despite the fact that all but one of the DLC packs comes with the PS3 version, and the fact that Xbox Live has featured Mass Effect 2 DLC sales multipletimes.
Recent revelations regarding Battlefield 3 have given us an indication of how EA plan to move forward with their new digital distribution network, Origin. With DICE confirming that all retail versions of the game will use Origin, the importance of the digital distribution network to EA is becoming increasingly obvious. …
Paradox Interactive are one of the big players in the games industry, and they had a pretty impressive this years E3. Their CEO, Fredrik Wester (the man in the image above) has a clear vision for the company, and in this interview he talks about E3, digital distribution and some upcoming titles from Paradox.…