There seems to be a PR campaign against France's Steam reselling ruling
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There seems to be a PR campaign against France’s Steam reselling ruling

What you need to know A few days ago, a French court ruled that Valve had to allow gamers to resell their digital purchases on Steam. This is similar to what Microsoft proposed with an always-online Xbox One in 2013. It seems like there’s an anti-France campaign in the works criticizing the ruling. No one is discussing its pro-consumer implications at the moment. Updated September 20, 2019: When asked if Valve or another sponsor with a vested interest was directly involved in crafting this message, an ISFE spokesperson said, "We want to encourage future game development so gamers have access to games in the future. This ruling would, long-term, diminish the availability of new games if perfect digital copies can be made easily and infinitely and if developers are not incentivized to invest in new content." On September 17, a French court said that Valve needed to let its consumers resell their digital games in the country. This concept was initially proposed by Microsoft when the Xbox One was revealed in 2013, but curiously enough, faced intense backlash from gamers and brick-and-mortar retailers. In the wake of this ruling, it seems like parties with vested interests are sending out […]

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