Steam may allow game borrowing soon

The latest Steam Beta update would suggest that game borrowing could soon be a new Steam feature.

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B1663r1559d ago

And thanks to the x1, is getting better!

Anthotis1559d ago

Steam sucks.

I should be able to lend my copy of Skyrim to a friend in the first place, but steam prevents this.

Anon19741559d ago (Edited 1559d ago )

Eventually I think they'll allow the transfer of digital content. With the court ruling out of the EU last year stating that licenses cannot be prohibited from transfer in the EULA like Steam does, they stopped short demanding that companies like Valve setup a transfer system themselves but they can't do anything to block the transfer. If you want to give your digital copy of Skyrim to your friend, in the EU Steam legally can't stop you. They just don't have the mechanism to actually do this yet.

My guess is that Valve will get in front of this and take control of license transfers themselves rather then letting some 3rd party get in on it, but this is a big change that will need time for all parties selling digital content in the EU to adjust to. I suspect this court ruling is one one of the reasons we've heard Microsoft is setting up some sort of digital content market for license transfers.

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fermcr1559d ago (Edited 1559d ago )

I'm still waiting for the EU to force Steam to allow 2nd hand digital content sale. If i buy it, i can resell it.

Same goes with Microsoft, Sony, Apple or Android's digital content.

marchinggamer1559d ago

The EU is full of shit and couldn't force any company to do anything lately Google apple Microsoft sony are just giving EU the finger

matgrowcott1559d ago

If a country doesn't do as the EU says, there's usually just a fine. The fine is usually less than it would cost to actually implement these laws.

I'm guessing it's the same for companies as well.

marchinggamer1559d ago

Usually companies don't pay the fine unless they know they did something wrong

Grap1559d ago

EU can't do anything about steam Valve and any digital distribution cause they don't operate and had no presence in EU lands.

Festano1559d ago

great job ... great steam

Psychotica1559d ago

Now that would be cool..

cleft51559d ago (Edited 1559d ago )

This would be awesome. If this happens it completely changes the digital landscape and how we think about digital content altogether. I really hope this happens.

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