Steam vs Germany

Over a year we had to wait for the result of a court battle between Valve and the German federation of consumers. The latter sued Gabe Newell, claiming that blocking the possibility of reselling electronic copies of games on Steam is against the law. Unfortunately - for the players - the creators of Half-Life are right.

In January last year, the German federation of consumer protection (Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband e.V, in short VZBV) sued Valve, demanding that they allow users to easily resell owned Steam digital copies of games. A few days ago the district court in Berlin rejected a lawsuit against the owner of Steam.


The info shared on the website of the law firm Osborne Clarke explained that the justification of the court decision was not published, however VZBV may lodge an appeal. It should also be noted that this is not the first time that the German federation of consumers has tried to fight Valve in court, but the last time they were also defeated (it concerned the cut/uncut versions of the games).