Valve's New Steam Subscription Agreement Creates Further Conflict for Gamers

A stir has been caused in the gaming community by a recent revamp of the Steam subscription agreement in regards to  Valve. The digital distribution platform has updated its terms and conditions with a clause to state that no one in agreeance with them can raise or participate in legal action taken against the company.

The drama is threatening to escalate as a Steam user inquired with the company as to what would happen if they do not agree with Valve’s updated terms:

Thank you for contacting Steam Support.

We can permanently deactivate your account for you, remove any stored payment information and clear your Steam profile.

Disabling your account will not result in a refund, as explained in the Steam Subscriber Agreement.

The games in your account will not be accessible for future use. It is impossible to make your games available once your account has been deactivated and your information deleted or archived. Once we have permanently deactivated the account, we will not be able to reactivate the account upon a future request.

Please let me know if you would like to proceed.

It’s not hard to see why some gamers would find this news upsetting. Even if you have no intentions of sueing Valve (I doubt many of us would), the fact that Steam is able to remove all of your games if you don’t agree with the latest update is troublesome. A more reasonable course of action could certainly be taken – what do you, the gamers, think would be best?

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Abigail Holec

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