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Many of us: steam user may have one question all the time, can we resell our steam games, or how to resell our steam games.Valve's / steam have ban steam user for reselling steam games on its storefront , steam user only having a digital collection of games which unlike to a physical one that can be resold or restocked to others steam user/buyer or even transfer the steam games to your friends.
On this week,French court have ruled that Steam users have the right to resell their games. The video game resale market has always been a source of contention, but with physical sales, it is perfectly legal. Nowadays with high speed Internet speeds and technology, more players are downloading games, meaning that digital sales are getting hotter and hotter.
A French court has decided that digital game ownership, though, resides with the user. French gaming site Numerama (via Kotaku) reports that the High Court of Paris ruled in favor of UFC-Que Choisir, determining that Steam must allow its users to resell their games. Valve must change its rules within a month or suffer hefty fines within the European Union (EU). UFC-Que Choisir won its lawsuit on other counts, as well. Previously, when users left Steam, they could not access any remaining funds in their Steam Wallet. The court ruled that Valve must return funds to those former users who request it. If a user claims an item on the site caused them harm, even if it's something in beta, Valve must accept responsibility. The company also lost some of its rights over community-created content, including user mods. In addition, Valve has to clarify its policies on how it bans users accused of bad behavior.
In its defense, Valve argued that Steam is a subscription service, thus its banning policy on game reselling. The court rejected this defense stating that Steam doesn't sell games as part of a subscription package and that Valve's policy on reselling games goes against EU laws put in place for the free-flow of digital goods and content.
The court's verdict further clarified that the legality of resale applies to selling a single copy of the game, and not duplicates. It also gave Valve three months to update its terms of service in light of this ruling.
A Valve spokesperson told Polygon that the company plans to appeal this decision. "We disagree with the decision of the Paris Court of First Instance and will appeal it," further adding that "The decision will have no effect on Steam while the case is on appeal," hinting at a potential delay for the three-month time period given to Valve for compliance.