Provide an opt-out for Section 12 of the new Steam Subscriber Agreement
  • Petitioned Valve Corporation

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Valve Corporation

Provide an opt-out for Section 12 of the new Steam Subscriber Agreement

    1. Reuben S
    2. Petition by

      Reuben S

The updated Steam Subscriber Agreement (http://store.steampowered.com/subscriber_agreement/ ), as of July 31, 2012, includes a new clause that requires Steam users to waive their right to participate in class-action lawsuits against Steam/Valve, as well as agree to settle all disputes via arbitration.

We as consumers should not have to give up our fundamental legal rights in order to play games, especially those games which we have already purchased prior to the institution of this new clause.

In September 2011, Sony implemented a similar clause in the PSN Terms of Service. However, unlike Valve, Sony saw fit to provide an opt-out for this clause if a user provided written notification to the SNEI legal department.

Steam users should be provided the same opportunity. Do not give up your legal rights.

If you are comfortable doing so, please post your Steam username in the signature comments so that Valve knows its consumers care. 

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    1. Thanks and keep it going!

      Reuben S
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to everyone who has signed so far. Please keep it going by sharing with all of your friends who use Steam.

    2. Reached 100 signatures
    3. Does anyone have a general email contact for Valve or their Legal Dept?

      Reuben S
      Petition Organizer

      If so, please let us know so that we have somewhere to send these emails. Right now we are using a reported address for Gabe Newell, although it may or may not go to him.

    4. Reached 10 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Brecht De Rooms DILBEEK, BELGIUM
      • about 2 years ago

      For the exact same reasons as described by Mr. Newell

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    • Garold Jacob BROOKLYN, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      Valve is making a serious mistake by not allowing people to opt-out of such an unreasonable contract.

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    • Bob Chambers RENFREWSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      Hell, I'm EU and I still think this is horrible.

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    • Alex Santos ARLINGTON, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      Because it shouldn't be possible to agree to something that takes away your legally given rights, and that not agreeing to it means being denied access to products and/or services, even those that I have previously bought and paid for.

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      • about 2 years ago

      Retroactively enforcing new user policies and requiring I click "yes" to play my games is inherently deceptive and should be considered signing a contract under duress. I should have far more rights to the games I paid for, and it shouldn't be subjected to retroactive terms. Provide more guarantees to the software I "subscribe" to, and I won't be so concerned with not being able to play my games without agreeing to terms.

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