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Re: Is my understanding correct...... Same thing happen to me! I found myself unable to play because of a hacked account. Unlike you, I wanted to play bad enough, so I bought another copy. Now, they are imposing this ridiculous contract which has no validity unless all clients accept these terms. Of this I am sure Valves layers are well aware. That makes this contract requirement an act of bullying, of threatening their clients to give up contractual rights previously granted. The tonality of the language in the contract clearly shows the ferocity with which Valve is attacking its members. That's a violation of our rights as consumers. The software was SOLD or Subscription was given in fair trade, to which now we are asked to willingly give up any rights of ownership or use of said software, without fair compensation.
And talk about bundling of "theft of your rights today with the permission to future theft in whatever form they see fit". They are informing us that any information collected about us during game play, for some reason it is public and as such will be available for public use as they or their affiliates see fit. As in section 6 of the contract, "you expressly grant Valve and its affiliates the complete and irrevocable right to use, reproduce, modify, create derivative works from, distribute, transmit, broadcast, and otherwise communicate, and publicly display and perform the User Generated Information and derivative works thereof in any form, anywhere, with or without attribution to you, and without any notice or compensation to you of any kind." What does that mean? And why throw it in there? Is that a double standard? Is that their way of saying that if you come up with a great idea in game play they have a right to steal it from you and sell it without you having any recourse? Hey it's possible. And if it's possible then it is probable.
I am declining the acceptance to this stupidity. And since I am loosing the ability to play on about 20 games per profile for 3 profiles, (that's a lot of money Valve is literally steeling from me) I look forward to the class action suits. My name will go on the list. I look forward to the reactions of the CEO and CFO to their lawyers responses when they lose a few hundred million dollars.
There is clear breach of contract that Valve is doing by imposing such restrictions on clients it has had in good faith for, as in my case, more than a decade. There is malfeasance in the their conduct, their deliberate threatening tone and forceful demeanor by which they bullied they clients into accepting their irresponsible contractual obligations. There is also some possible civil law suits, which I am sure will arise from numerous other possible actions motivated by this contract.
I could go on but I am too devastated. I feel raped by a conglomerate, and dumped out in the street in the rain. I do not know how I will be able to proceed. I hope you get yours VALVE, STEAM whatever you are called this week!!!
Does anybody know of another online gaming company I can use?
Yeah I'm just going to wait and see what happens, and if I see any Class Actions on it I'll join it as well. I don't know of any other services like Steam, unless On Live counts?
Oh well, Steam I thought was actually a really good platform, until I got abused and blamed for it.
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Onlive is just as bad.