Powerhouse Valve is being sued by a German consumer group over Steam’s refusal to allow users to resell their games. According to a complain filed by The Federation of German Consumer Organizations (VZVB), Steam users should not have their purchased games tied to their Steam accounts. There should be an option to transfer the title to a third party.
Carola Elbrecht, VZVB’s project manager for digital consumer rights states that Steam users should be given the same rights as owners of traditional board games – allowed to sell their used copies on at will.
This is not the first time that VZVB has locked horns with Valve. Back in September they issued a cease-and-desist order over the same resale issue and regarding Steam’s updated Subscriber Agreement, which prohibits class-action suits against the company.
Elbrecht notes that Valve is not the only digital software distributor and this law suit is targeted towards them all.