Valve hit with $2.1 million USD fine by Australian courts

This has been on the net for a while now but due to holiday season I didn’t have much time to post this, anyway Valve lost its legal battle against Australia’s competition watchdog earlier this year. It’s all because of refunds.

An Australian court has ruled that Valve must pay $2.15 million USD fine following the loss of its legal battle against the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

The fine is the maximum requested by the regulatory body, and according to the Sydney Morning Herald was imposed because of Valve’s disregard for Australian law when it set up shop in the country.

Valve’s refund policy has changed dramatically since the suit was filed—it now offers refunds on just about everything, “for any reason”—but that apparently didn’t impress the judge on the case.

Valve will be required from now on to post a notice on its Australian website, in size 14 type, informing consumers of their rights.

Source: PC Gamer

By | 2016-12-28T15:51:29+00:00 December 28th 15:51, 2016|Categories: Entertainment, Games, News, OMG!1, Steam, Steam Flaws|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Game developer Digital Homicide banned by Valve!

Ever heard of Wyatt Derp? No? It’s fine, I bet most of us haven’t but the guys who created the game decided to sue 100 gamers who posted negative reviews on Steam. For $18 million! Yep.

The have a history of suing, especially game critic Jim Sterling (from YouTube) with a ridiculous $10 million lawsuit for posting rude video reviews of their games since 2014. They were pretty fun to watch!

Steam Rage

But suing regular players is just another level of madness. Valve decided to remove every single mention of that game developer from Steam (games like Wyatt Derp, Temper Tantrum, and The Slaughtering Grounds). If you have bought their games you can still play them from your Steam account.

“Valve has stopped doing business with Digital Homicide for being hostile to Steam customers,” Valve VP of marketing Doug Lombardi

Good job Valve, we appreciate that!

By | 2016-10-14T13:48:19+00:00 September 19th 12:16, 2016|Categories: Entertainment, Games, Indie, News, OMG!1, Peasantry, RAGE NEWS!!!1, Steam|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Valve is being taken to court by The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is alleging that Valve has not fulfilled mandatory consumer guarantees under the Australian Consumer Law. While neither Valve or Steam has any physical presence in Australia, the company must observe Australian law when it provides goods or services to Australians.

Valve problems in Australia

“It is a breach of the Australian Consumer Law for businesses to state that they do not give refunds under any circumstances, including for gifts and during sales,” Sims said. “Under the Australian Consumer Law, consumers can insist on a refund or replacement at their option if a product has a major fault.” – ACCC chairman Rod Sims

The consumer guarantees provided under the Australian Consumer Law cannot be excluded, restricted or modified,” he continued.

The ACCC will allege that:

  • consumers were not entitled to a refund for any games sold by Valve via Steam in any circumstances;

  • Valve had excluded, restricted or modified statutory guarantees and/or warranties that goods would be of acceptable quality;

  • Valve was not under any obligation to repair, replace or provide a refund for a game where the consumer had not contacted and attempted to resolve the problem with the computer game developer; and

  • the statutory consumer guarantees did not apply to games sold by Valve.

According to Valve’s Steam refund policy, refunds or exchanges on “games, DLC or in-game items” are not offered unless required by local law. In the case of Australia, those offers are required.

The matter will go to court in Sydney on October 7.

By | 2016-10-14T13:50:41+00:00 August 30th 18:17, 2014|Categories: Games, News, Steam, Steam Flaws, Valve|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

German consumer federation goes to court war with Valve

Sorry I didn’t post this earlier but now it’s here, check this out, finally someone BIG is going after Valve, Steam and it’s subscriber agreement. Can’t wait to see how this turns out!

Germany vs Valve

The Federation of German Consumers Association (VZBV) has taken issue with Valve and Steam. The VZBV tried to get Valve to allow Steam customers to at least be able to sell their game licenses to other users after the Court of Justice sent down it’s decision. Steam users can’t even give away games they’ve purchased if they no longer want them in their library.

The VZBV announced this week that it’s escalated its pursuit of Valve:

[The VZBV has] submitted a complaint against the company to the district court of Berlin,” said representative Eva Hoffschulte on the group’s website.

The VZBV also went into detial about what in particular it’s trying to get Valve to change. In particular, it claims that by restricting Steam users from reselling games they’ve purchased on the service, Valve is limiting the growth of the digital distribution industry as a whole. They also think it’s unfair that consumers don’t have the right to resell digital games when their prices fluctuate so wildly.

A consumer that spends $60 on a disc version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, for example, can resell it for around $35 before the disc drops in price to that level months later. A Steam user that pays full price for a digital download, meanwhile, doesn’t get any of that value later on.

Valve is open to exploring used game sales. It already offers the Steam Trading service. Rumors that Valve would test letting users sell back games after playing them have been circulating for years now.

This much is true: Valve hired a full-time economist in June 2012. If nothing else, the company is actively researching what a media business should be in a world without physical goods.

Source: Digital Trends

By | 2016-10-14T13:52:44+00:00 February 3rd 11:36, 2013|Categories: News, RAGE NEWS!!!1, Valve|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |3 Comments

Infinity Ward & Activision Will Have Their Day in Court

August 5th 2010 will be the next date for another hearing between these two companies who produced Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.  There has been a total of 3 lawsuits filed against Activision from former employees.

Back on the 1st of March 2010 Activision fired West and Zampella, creators of the Call of Duty series, claiming they were insubordinate and broke their contract.  They fought back with a lawsuit seeking $36,000,000 in unpaid royalties.  And of course Activision counter-sued.

Since this mess West and Zampella have created Respawn Entertainment and signed on with EA. 

And Activision has signed a 10 year contract with Bungie.

The current Call of Duty: Black Ops is being developed by Treyarch.

Source: airbornegamer

By | 2016-10-14T13:53:43+00:00 July 11th 20:19, 2010|Categories: Weird Stuff|Tags: , , , |1 Comment
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