French Court Rules Country’s Steam Users Can Resell Their Games
The French court has decided that Steam must give the buyer the right to resell the game in the warehouse for further use.
On the 17th of September, The High Court in Paris issued a verdict. Regarding the rule prohibiting the sale of games to Steam from others, it is illegal in the EU, after the French consumer representative group UFC-Que Choisir has filed a lawsuit against Vale in court since 2015, claiming that people who buy games on Steam Have the right to “buy” and “sell” the game code that is in their Libary
The laws of the European Union that are at issue with this are “Free movement of goods in the union” states that all products “Except the software” can be resold without having to ask for permission from the manufacturer. Or the previous owner Which the trading of game disks that are discs The actual box is in this rule But the games on the Steam platform couldn’t do that. Vale argued with the court that their system was subscription, but the French High Court considered Steamboat. Sell games in the form of licenses, which should be resold legally
In short, the French consumer groups Want to let Steam customers sell games that are in Libary. The game itself is like a second-hand game code Because those who buy games should have the right to possess the game As well as resell it because it is considered a product and the court ruled that it is against EU regulations.
And will appeal the decision But everyone, don’t panic. All processes are in court and have no impact on Steam at this time. “
This happened, causing many questions to follow. And many effects For example, if Steam loses the case, which has a very high privilege If anyone remembers, in the case of 2014, the Australian court decided that Steam must have a Game Refund system. At first, this system will only be used in Steam in Australia, back and forth, becoming the main system of Steam that everyone can request a refund. After buying the game
In the future, we may see stores Sell second-hand game codes on the Steam platform, and this will affect competitors like Epic Games Store and online digital gaming stores around the world. Because nowadays, we all agree that the games sold as Bundle are very cheap. And the price of each game zone is not the same Maybe flying across the country to buy games to resell. Digital games are not like box games, in that it doesn’t have deterioration of the product.
Resulting in being sold for fried no matter how many times The result is that it affects income. And sales of the game camp directly Which may make the game price more expensive Or the game becomes Services Subscription, monthly, yearly or maybe doing the same system, Subscription of Apple Arcade developers will have time to play games instead of one.
The impact would not just occur in the gaming industry. But may spread to music, e-books, apps on the iTunes Store, Amazon eBook, Appstore and others as well. And do not forget that this law Not just using France just because the French court decided the case But this is the law of the EU, which has together in 28 countries and the sales of the game in the EU is still ranked third after America. And Japan only