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Australian Consumer Watchdog Takes Valve To Court 139

angry tapir writes The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, a government funded watchdog organization, is taking Valve to court. The court action relates to Valve's Steam distribution service. According to ACCC allegations, Valve misled Australian consumers about their rights under Australian law by saying that customers were not entitled to refunds for games under any circumstances.
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Australian Consumer Watchdog Takes Valve To Court

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  • by wonkey_monkey ( 2592601 ) on Friday August 29, 2014 @05:03AM (#47782661) Homepage

    The time you lost complaining also cost you more than the $10 you are claiming back.

    Perhaps the satisfaction in, in some small way, causing trouble for a company that has treated him unfairly is also worth more than $10 to him.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 29, 2014 @05:09AM (#47782677)

    Reading about the US I really like consumer protection laws in Germany. Everything is so much more consumer friendly and open. Companies have to identify themselves (i.e. have an imprint), all taxes have to be included in prices and if you buy something you have all kinds of rights (two week period to send stuff back/cancel contracts, two year warranty on physical items and such) that cannot be taken away by ToSs.

    It's such a different culture. US companies often struggle because they're used to the whole "corporations first" mindset.

  • by BitZtream ( 692029 ) on Friday August 29, 2014 @07:55AM (#47783269)

    It doesn't show them 'by default'. The opening page is a list of games for your platform, if you browse to a different category or search for a game, you're taking deliberate action to do so. Make sure you search for Mac games if you want to buy games for a Mac, and make sure its badged for Mac.

    Mac Steam doesn't start you in the Windows or Linux games page.

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