Although convenient and fast, the digital software market does not allow users to resell their games as it historically happens in the physical market. However, things could change in the future if the action continued by the UFC-Que Choisir, the French consumer association should have a follow-up.
The French agency accused Steam of not giving players the right to resell their games purchased on the marketplace of Gabe Newell’s company. The accusation resulted in the victory of the cause by the French association and in the consequent condemnation by the French court against Valve, which however still has the opportunity to appeal and potentially reverse the situation.
The UFC-Que Choisir, in particular, underlines how in the terms present in the close agreement with the users, Steam grants through purchase yes access to its products, but not the full possession of the latter. If there is no possession, there is no possibility of resale, and this is a violation of consumer rights according to the Paris Regional Court, which condemned Valve in calling two of the European Union directives (2001/29 / EC and 2009/24 / EC). The platform is also accused of not granting refunds to users if their accounts are closed with funds in the wallet.
We’ll see how the situation evolves in the future, and if the event has such a resonance to involve other countries in the world, as well as all the other digital stores dedicated to the sale of videogame software. What do you think about it? Is it right for consumers to be able to resell their digital games?